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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who encourages Elisha to publish his monograph?
2. What does Rufus want Elisha and Pappas to do?
3. What is the result of Elisha and Pappas visit with Rufus to ask him to convince the Emperor to change his plans?
4. How long does the siege on Bethar last?
5. How do the great sages go to their deaths?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Why do you think Manto is so casual about picking another human slave? Why is Elisha so disturbed by the process of human trade? Compare Manto's behavior with a similar behavior in American history. Draw conclusions about the nature of subjugating another human being and how this affects the human race.
Essay Topic 3
The Jews as a community are facing persecution by the Romans but also must deal with divisions within their own community. Is it important for the Jewish members to speak and act as one, or should multiple voices and opinions be heard? Should the Sanhedrin operate by unanimous decision or by majority rule? Can every voice be heard equally?
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