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. Who encourages Elisha to publish his monograph?

2. What does Meir tell Elisha about what the Sanhedrin has done?

3. What does Rufus do when he realizes Elisha has tried to deceive him?

4. What does Rufus want Elisha and Pappas to do?

5. Why does Elisha arrange to meet with Demonax?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Elisha's life was controversial and devastating as he searched for truth. Was Elisha's search for truth in vain?

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

5. Why does Elisha's discussion with Charicles deeply disturb Elisha?

6. Why does Demonax refuse to take on Elisha as a student, and what consolation does he offer to Elisha?

7. Why do the rabbis have to meet in secret in the attic?

8. As Elisha and Pappas travel back to Jerusalem, how does their hometown look?

9. What did the people of Bethar choose to do rather than face Roman slavery and torture?

10. Why does Elisha decide not to reveal the names of the new rabbis to Rufus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Elisha proposes to Manto because he loves her. However, Manto rejects Elisha's offer of marriage. Is Manto right to not leave her lifestyle for Elisha? Is Elisha being too selfish and asking too much of Manto, or do you think Manto's love isn't strong enough? Argue for or against Manto's decision. Support your argument with three solid reasons and use material from the text.

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