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. Where has Rufus erected his headquarters?

2. Meir walks with Elisha until they reach the boundary which marks what?

3. How are the conditions of the jail described to Elisha?

4. What do the Roman reinforcements bring with them?

5. How are over thirty rabbis able to meet in the attic of a friend in Lydda?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do the rabbis have to meet in secret in the attic?

6. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?

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

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

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

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

In As a Driven Leaf, Deborah and Elisha are betrothed according to Jewish tradition. What similarities is their marriage based on? Find other couples and marriages in the book. What similarities are their relationships based on? Compare and contrast at least two relationships. Support your examples with material from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Elisha sees a young boy climbing a tree for bird eggs. What happens to the little boy and how does it affect Elisha? Why does Elisha turn to the Jewish tradition for answers and why does it make him even more angry? Should faith account for all the evil and suffering in the world? Can bad things be explained away by faith or reason?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the contrast between the decision of the people of Bethar and the decision of Elisha when faced with Roman persecution. Why did the people of Bethar choose to commit mass suicide? Who made the wiser choice, the people of Bethar or Elisha? Define wisdom according to the principles of Elisha and the town of Bethar.

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