As a Driven Leaf Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Milton Steinberg
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Deborah bothered by when around Meir and his wife?

2. What did Elisha's best friends do because they were manipulated by Elisha?

3. Who stands up against the leader of the rebels?

4. How does Elisha meet Akiba?

5. How do the deaths from the plague affect Elisha?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elisha handle his new life in Antioch?

2. In Part One, Chapter XX, what advice does Nicholaus give to Elisha about Elisha's obsession with Greek literature?

3. Why do Antiphanes and Elisha attend all the lectures and symposia offered in Antioch?

4. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?

5. Where does Elisha go during the blizzard, and why?

6. In the Prologue, what do the sages debate over and what do they decide?

7. Why do you think Deborah is not comfortable around Meir and his wife Beruriah?

8. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?

9. Elisha's life was controversial and devastating as he searched for truth. Was Elisha's search for truth in vain?

10. Why is Elisha fascinated by Akiba when he meets him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Elisha quickly learns that with knowledge comes sadness. What other consequences, good or bad, can there be to learning and studying? Provide three examples for both the positive and negative sides.

Essay Topic 2

During Elisha's circumcision, Abuyah, Elisha's father, acts rudely toward the Jewish faith and custom. The congregation is incensed and two rabbis discuss whether or not Elisha will be affected by his father's actions. Does every soul create its own destiny like Rabbi Joshua believes? Or, is the other Rabbi who says Abuyah's actions will have an effect on Elisha, closer to the truth? What about the conclusion of the novel? Does Elisha's life seem to have been affected by his father's beliefs?

Essay Topic 3

The Jewish community is generally mistrustful of the Romans. When Shraga and Elisha are working on the court case for the merchant, what does the merchant decide to do, and why? Why did the merchant's business suffer when he took his case to the Roman court? Describe the relationship between the Jewish community and the individual. What pressures and responsibilities do the Jewish members have to their community?

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