As a Driven Leaf Test | Final 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. How are over thirty rabbis able to meet in the attic of a friend in Lydda?

2. What has Demonax studied all available information on for years and found nothing to use?

3. Where does Elisha go to begin his work for the Romans?

4. Where is Elisha taken after the executions?

5. Why do Akiba and Elisha not speak when they meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. While in jail, Akiba makes a prediction. What does Akiba predict?

2. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?

3. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?

4. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?

5. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?

6. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?

7. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?

8. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?

9. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?

10. As Elisha and Pappas travel back to Jerusalem, how does their hometown look?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Prejudice is a dangerous problem throughout As a Driven Leaf. Why do the Roman soldiers tease the boys, Pappas and Elisha, about being Jews? Were the Roman soldiers' behaviors unfair or fair? More importantly, are prejudices built into culture, or do they change with every generation? Discuss at least two accounts of prejudice described in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Elisha proposes to Manto because he loves her. However, Manto rejects Elisha's offer of marriage. Is Manto right to not leave her lifestyle for Elisha? Is Elisha being too selfish and asking too much of Manto, or do you think Manto's love isn't strong enough? Argue for or against Manto's decision. Support your argument with three solid reasons and use material from the text.

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