As a Driven Leaf Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Milton Steinberg
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do the rabbis talk about during their meeting, other than keeping the faith alive and ordaining new rabbis?

3. What causes Charicles to change his mind about Elisha?

4. Where does Elisha go to escape the cold of the blizzard?

5. What does Rufus do when he realizes Elisha has tried to deceive him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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