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. Where has Rufus erected his headquarters?

2. How can Elisha's life be described?

3. What fate does Elisha accept?

4. Who encourages Elisha to publish his monograph?

5. What do the rabbis talk about during their meeting, other than keeping the faith alive and ordaining new rabbis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is symbolic about Meir choosing to not walk with Elisha past the boundary where Jews are not allowed to cross on the Sabbath?

3. Why does the bloody spectacle not humor the Romans?

4. What did Manto make Elisha vow to do, as she lay dying in his arms?

5. Describe the symbolism behind Rufus making Elisha sit beside a harlot during the executions.

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

7. Why does Akiba refuse to speak to Elisha when they see each other on the road?

8. Where does Elisha go during the blizzard, and why?

9. Why does Charicles say that mathematics and science could also be myths?

10. Rufus presents a life or death question to Pappas and Elisha. How does Elisha respond?

Essay Topics

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think Manto is so casual about picking another human slave? Why is Elisha so disturbed by the process of human trade? Compare Manto's behavior with a similar behavior in American history. Draw conclusions about the nature of subjugating another human being and how this affects the human race.

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