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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 has Elisha based his entire life and course of studies on?
2. When does Elisha leave the arena?
3. What happens when Meir and Elisha part ways?
4. What does Meir tell Elisha about what the Sanhedrin has done?
5. How do the two men discuss the highest levels of philosophy?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?
2. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?
3. Why do the rabbis have to meet in secret in the attic?
4. Describe the symbolism behind Rufus making Elisha sit beside a harlot during the executions.
5. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?
6. Why do Elisha and Manto hide their mutual love from Rufus, Manto's benefactor?
7. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?
8. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?
9. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?
10. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?
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
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
Compare and contrast Shraga and Elisha's characters. In what ways are they similar? How do they react to the Jewish tradition? Make sure to describe their mutual relationship and how this can illustrate their distinct similarities and differences.
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