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. What does Rufus want Elisha and Pappas to do?

2. Where has Rufus erected his headquarters?

3. How do the great sages go to their deaths?

4. After 8 years in Antioch, Elisha writes a monograph detailing what?

5. How can Elisha's life be described?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Jews of Palestine react when they discover Judah was martyred?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Within the various communities of As a Driven Leaf, knowledge seems to be a precious commodity held in high regard. Is it possible that there are universal truths, or is truth subjective to culture? Explain by using three examples that relate to the teachings of the Jewish tradition and the Sanhedrin, as well as the lessons and literature of the Greeks.

Essay Topic 3

During Elisha's circumcision, Abuyah, Elisha's father, acts rudely toward the Jewish faith and custom. The congregation is incensed and two rabbis discuss whether or not Elisha will be affected by his father's actions. Does every soul create its own destiny like Rabbi Joshua believes? Or, is the other Rabbi who says Abuyah's actions will have an effect on Elisha, closer to the truth? What about the conclusion of the novel? Does Elisha's life seem to have been affected by his father's beliefs?

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