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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 causes Charicles to change his mind about Elisha?
2. Why has Akiba come to Antioch to raise money for war against the Romans?
3. What happens after Judah ben Baba ordains the new rabbi at their secret meeting?
4. What has Elisha based his entire life and course of studies on?
5. What has Demonax studied all available information on for years and found nothing to use?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?
2. Rufus presents a life or death question to Pappas and Elisha. How does Elisha respond?
3. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
4. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?
5. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?
6. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?
7. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?
8. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?
9. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?
10. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Describe Pappas's journey through faith. Compare and contrast Pappas's journey with Elisha's journey of faith. How do both characters view the concepts of faith and reason? Why does Pappas make his final decision to die as a Jew rather than betray his faith and community?
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