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Elias Chacour
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the Arab villages through which the men of Biram travel offer no help?
(a) They are afraid for their own safety.
(b) They have nothing to offer the men.
(c) They think they are thieves.
(d) They think the Zionist deserve the land.

2. What does Faraj say is the problem with Western theology?
(a) The idea of man being the center of all things.
(b) The idea that man is equal to God.
(c) The belief that God is impersonal.
(d) That it is exclusive.

3. How much are the Palestinians that are removed from their land compensated?
(a) One cow per acre.
(b) One goat per acre.
(c) They are compensated fairly but they do not want to move.
(d) Nothing.

4. Where do Elias and his friend Faraj decide to go?
(a) To England.
(b) To Jerusalem.
(c) To Biram.
(d) To the United States.

5. How do the Zionist act after the British leave?
(a) They grab land that is not theirs blowing up villages in the process.
(b) They retreat to a small area around Jerusalem.
(c) They enact fair laws to protect the original inhabitants of Palestine.
(d) They start developing their land and leave the other groups alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What contributes to the poor reputation of the Palestinians?

2. Who is Elias's hero?

3. Where had the men been taken?

4. Why does Israel heed the United States's wishes?

5. Why is Elias often punished at his new school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Elias realize about serving God as he neared graduation from seminary?

2. Where and when did Elias Chacour grow up and what did his family do for a living?

3. What did the new Jewish landowners find out about their land and what did they do about it?

4. What did the Zionist soldiers tell the people in Elias's hometown and how did they respond?

5. Under whose rule was Palestine since the 1930's, what kind of people was the population, how did they get along and how did the residents feel about themselves after World War II?

6. What did a second Supreme Court rule about the town of Biram and what happened after that ruling?

7. What would a current student of the Middle East find strange about Palestine in the late 1940's?

8. How did the other seminarians in Paris where Elias went to farther his education view the Palestinian situation and Palestinians in general?

9. What did the Bishop suggest for Elias?

10. Who declared Israel an independent state in May 1948 and then what did he do? How did the world respond?

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