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. What does Rufus say will happen to Elisha and Pappas if they do not comply?

2. What does Charicles say about Euclid?

3. What feeling does Elisha experiences after his conversation with Charicles?

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

5. Who encourages Elisha to publish his monograph?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?

4. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?

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

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

7. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?

8. Elisha's life was controversial and devastating as he searched for truth. Was Elisha's search for truth in vain?

9. Where does Elisha go during the blizzard, and why?

10. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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