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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does Elisha go to begin his work for the Romans?
2. Who does Rufus say will sit with Elisha during the upcoming trials?
3. As Meir is weeping at Elisha's grave, how does Meir remember Elisha?
4. After 8 years in Antioch, Elisha writes a monograph detailing what?
5. What does Rufus want Elisha and Pappas to do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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