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. How does Elisha try to deceive Rufus?

2. After Elisha receives a letter of commendation from head of the museum in Alexandria, who does he rush to show the letter to?

3. What does Meir tell Elisha about what the Sanhedrin has done?

4. Why do Akiba and Elisha not speak when they meet?

5. What is Elisha amazed to find even on death row?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?

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

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

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

5. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?

6. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?

7. As Elisha and Pappas travel back to Jerusalem, how does their hometown look?

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

9. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?

10. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Prejudice is a dangerous problem throughout As a Driven Leaf. Why do the Roman soldiers tease the boys, Pappas and Elisha, about being Jews? Were the Roman soldiers' behaviors unfair or fair? More importantly, are prejudices built into culture, or do they change with every generation? Discuss at least two accounts of prejudice described in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

During Elisha's circumcision, Abuyah, Elisha's father, acts rudely toward the Jewish faith and custom. The congregation is incensed and two rabbis discuss whether or not Elisha will be affected by his father's actions. Does every soul create its own destiny like Rabbi Joshua believes? Or, is the other Rabbi who says Abuyah's actions will have an effect on Elisha, closer to the truth? What about the conclusion of the novel? Does Elisha's life seem to have been affected by his father's beliefs?

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