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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 do the rabbis talk about during their meeting, other than keeping the faith alive and ordaining new rabbis?
2. How do the two men discuss the highest levels of philosophy?
3. Who brings Elisha the news that Manto is dying?
4. Where do Elisha and Pappas go to meet with Rufus?
5. What do the people of Bethar do when they realize that the Romans will soon overrun their town?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?
2. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?
3. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?
4. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?
5. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?
6. While in jail, Akiba makes a prediction. What does Akiba predict?
7. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?
8. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
9. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?
10. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Deborah does not treat others with much respect. She encourages Elisha to get rid of some servants because they are too old to work. Describe her behavior toward other people. Using Deborah as one example, defend or oppose the argument that respect should be deserved or earned. Cite at least two other examples from the book that draw on different characters to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
Within the various communities of As a Driven Leaf, knowledge seems to be a precious commodity held in high regard. Is it possible that there are universal truths, or is truth subjective to culture? Explain by using three examples that relate to the teachings of the Jewish tradition and the Sanhedrin, as well as the lessons and literature of the Greeks.
Essay Topic 3
When Meir and Beruriah's sons die, Elisha thinks about the fragility of life. Elisha looks to Jewish stories and traditions for solace, but he begins to doubt their veracity. Why does Elisha look to the Jewish traditions and literature for comfort? Why does he doubt their potency and truth? Cite three examples of mistrust of faith throughout the novel and explain the tensions characters have between faith and reason.
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