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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 causes Charicles to change his mind about Elisha?
2. What fate does Elisha accept?
3. What does Charicles say about Euclid?
4. What does the realization, that reason could be based in myth, do to Elisha?
5. What happens to Elisha's grave?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
2. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?
3. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?
4. While in jail, Akiba makes a prediction. What does Akiba predict?
5. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?
6. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?
7. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?
8. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?
9. Elisha's life was controversial and devastating as he searched for truth. Was Elisha's search for truth in vain?
10. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In As a Driven Leaf, Deborah and Elisha are betrothed according to Jewish tradition. What similarities is their marriage based on? Find other couples and marriages in the book. What similarities are their relationships based on? Compare and contrast at least two relationships. Support your examples with material from the book.
Essay Topic 2
After the ex-communication, Akiba randomly meets Elisha on the road. However, Akiba does not speak to Elisha because he is honoring the orders of the ex-communication. Is Akiba's behavior too drastic? Should the bonds of friendship be more important than the bonds of law? Cite three examples from the book when friendship and rules are at odds.
Essay Topic 3
The Jewish community is generally mistrustful of the Romans. When Shraga and Elisha are working on the court case for the merchant, what does the merchant decide to do, and why? Why did the merchant's business suffer when he took his case to the Roman court? Describe the relationship between the Jewish community and the individual. What pressures and responsibilities do the Jewish members have to their community?
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