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. What happens to Elisha's grave?

2. What does Charicles finally say about mathematics and science?

3. Why has Akiba come to Antioch to raise money for war against the Romans?

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

5. What does Rufus want Elisha and Pappas to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?

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

4. While in jail, Akiba makes a prediction. What does Akiba predict?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do Elisha and Manto hide their mutual love from Rufus, Manto's benefactor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within As a Driven Leaf, a lot of promises are made and broken. Choose a side and argue whether or not promises should ever be broken. Cite three examples from the book that deal with promises to back up the argument.

Essay Topic 2

Elisha proposes to Manto because he loves her. However, Manto rejects Elisha's offer of marriage. Is Manto right to not leave her lifestyle for Elisha? Is Elisha being too selfish and asking too much of Manto, or do you think Manto's love isn't strong enough? Argue for or against Manto's decision. Support your argument with three solid reasons and use material from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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