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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. Whose voice does Elisha recognize discussing cases in Jewish Law?
2. Who does Rufus say will sit with Elisha during the upcoming trials?
3. Why does Demonax refuse Elisha's request?
4. Who brings Elisha the news that Manto is dying?
5. What happens after Judah ben Baba ordains the new rabbi at their secret meeting?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?
2. Where does Elisha go during the blizzard, and why?
3. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?
4. Why do the rabbis have to meet in secret in the attic?
5. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?
6. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
7. What did Manto make Elisha vow to do, as she lay dying in his arms?
8. Elisha's life was controversial and devastating as he searched for truth. Was Elisha's search for truth in vain?
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 the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Elisha moves to Antioch, his whole lifestyle completely changes. How does Elisha handle his new life? Should he be more accepting or reserved concerning the Greek lifestyle he is being quickly caught up in? Contrast the community of Antioch with the Jewish community of Elisha's youth.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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