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. Why do Manto and Elisha always have a third person with them?

2. What do the people of Bethar do when they realize that the Romans will soon overrun their town?

3. What happens when Meir and Elisha part ways?

4. How long does the siege on Bethar last?

5. Where is Elisha taken after the executions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Charicles not want to speak with Elisha at first?

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

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

4. What happened to Elisha after he was forced to watch the rabbis be executed?

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

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

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

8. What does Elisha tell Meir about faith and reason?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

When Meir and Beruriah's sons die, Elisha thinks about the fragility of life. Elisha looks to Jewish stories and traditions for solace, but he begins to doubt their veracity. Why does Elisha look to the Jewish traditions and literature for comfort? Why does he doubt their potency and truth? Cite three examples of mistrust of faith throughout the novel and explain the tensions characters have between faith and reason.

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