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

Milton Steinberg
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 arranges that Elisha be released from jail?

2. What are the names of Meir's children?

3. What does Elisha discuss with Justin, the leader of the Gentile Christians?

4. When Pappas finds Elisha alone in the garden, what does he tell him?

5. What happens to Eliezer's proposal concerning the ban against pagan literature?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elisha respond to the death of Beruriah and Meir's children?

2. Why is Elisha unjustly brought to court for sentencing?

3. Which friend of Elisha's is better at processing the Greek literature than the other two? Why?

4. What is the job of the Sanhedrin?

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

6. Why was Elisha and Deborah's marriage pre-arranged by Amram?

7. Why is Manto so casual about buying another human slave?

8. What did Manto make Elisha vow to do, as she lay dying in his arms?

9. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?

10. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The grand thematic struggle is between faith and reason and mostly exemplified by Elisha's character. Can faith and reason work together or are they fundamentally different principles? Discuss how Elisha is affected by the struggle between choosing faith and reason. Provide two examples of the conflict between faith and reason found in the book.

Essay Topic 3

In As a Driven Leaf, Deborah and Elisha are betrothed according to Jewish tradition. What similarities is their marriage based on? Find other couples and marriages in the book. What similarities are their relationships based on? Compare and contrast at least two relationships. Support your examples with material from the book.

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