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. Who stands up against the leader of the rebels?

2. When Elisha is going back to Nicholaus, what does he overhear his father say to Uncle Amram?

3. How does Elisha plan to defend himself to the Sanhedrin?

4. Why does Manto say it is impossible for her to marry Elisha?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part One, Chapter VI, what does Uncle Amram teach Elisha about his estate?

2. How does Shraga treat Elisha when they're working on the merchant's court case together?

3. Who eavesdrops on a conversation between Elisha and Meir, and what does she discover?

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

5. Why does one rabbi give the opinion that wisdom cannot be found in pagan literature?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In Chapter 10, Elisha's life seems to be improving. He has success and good friends and financial security. However, is Elisha truly happy? What would make Elisha happier? Does happiness lie in material possessions, or in something else? Cite three examples to support a workable definition of happiness that applies to the themes of As a Driven Leaf.

Essay Topic 3

When Elisha moves to Antioch, his whole lifestyle completely changes. How does Elisha handle his new life? Should he be more accepting or reserved concerning the Greek lifestyle he is being quickly caught up in? Contrast the community of Antioch with the Jewish community of Elisha's youth.

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