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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. How can Elisha's life be described?
2. Where has Rufus erected his headquarters?
3. What task has Rabbi Judah ben Baba been chosen for during the meeting in the attic?
4. What happens to Elisha's grave?
5. What does Charicles finally say about mathematics and science?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?
2. While in jail, Akiba makes a prediction. What does Akiba predict?
3. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?
4. Was it wise for Elisha to pursue truth regardless of the consequences?
5. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?
6. Why is Elisha not happy about his relationship with Manto?
7. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?
8. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?
9. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?
10. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the contrast between the decision of the people of Bethar and the decision of Elisha when faced with Roman persecution. Why did the people of Bethar choose to commit mass suicide? Who made the wiser choice, the people of Bethar or Elisha? Define wisdom according to the principles of Elisha and the town of Bethar.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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