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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 information about the new rabbis reaches Elisha in Caeserea?
2. How does Elisha look when he hears Charicles speak at Antioch?
3. Who does Elisha find in prison?
4. How are the conditions of the jail described to Elisha?
5. What has Elisha based his entire life and course of studies on?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
2. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?
3. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?
4. How did Meir honor Elisha after Elisha died?
5. Where does Elisha go during the blizzard, and why?
6. What did Manto make Elisha vow to do, as she lay dying in his arms?
7. Describe the symbolism behind Rufus making Elisha sit beside a harlot during the executions.
8. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?
9. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?
10. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Elisha quickly learns that with knowledge comes sadness. What other consequences, good or bad, can there be to learning and studying? Provide three examples for both the positive and negative sides.
Essay Topic 3
The grand thematic struggle is between faith and reason and mostly exemplified by Elisha's character. Can faith and reason work together or are they fundamentally different principles? Discuss how Elisha is affected by the struggle between choosing faith and reason. Provide two examples of the conflict between faith and reason found in the book.
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