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Elias Chacour
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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. How does Elias feel about what happens?

2. What does Elias realize in church on his first day in Nazareth?

3. What is Elias immersed in at his new home?

4. When do the British withdraw from Palestine completely?

5. What do the Zionist soldiers tell the people of Biram?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Elias feel about school and where else did he learn what he considered important?

2. What did Elias begin to do after so many people were taken from the village of Gish? What did he believe about the situation?

3. How did the Beatitudes appear to Elias and why?

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

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

6. With what was Elias suspected of doing by Zionist soldiers and what was the final outcome of that accusation?

7. What did the Bishop suggest for Elias?

8. What events of the 1960's colored Elias's view of the church and why?

9. Who was taken out of Gish from Elias's family and who was left?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Upon Biram villagers settling in Gish and making attempts to live in the substandard remaining housing, the Irgun arrive and force all the men and older boys into trucks for delivery to some unknown location. This "cleansing" of Palestine for the Jewish state went almost unrecorded in the journalistic media of the day. Discuss the following:

1. How biased is the press in general? Are most journalists able to stay emotionally uninvolved? Why or why not.

2. What are some of the possible reasons the press ignores the actions of the Zionist and Irgun? Analyze each reason and discuss if the reason is valid.

3. Discuss one other example of "cleansing" that has taken place in the world. What are the similarities and differences from that which takes place in Palestine?

Essay Topic 2

The narrator of the book is Elias Chacour, who writes from his own point of view as he experiences and hears about events concerning the formation of the State of Israel and the ongoing conflict concerning the problems that arise out of that formation. Discuss the following:

1. What is meant by a reliable or unreliable narrator? Which do you think Elias is? Why?

2. What would Elias gain by skewing the story of his life? Do you think the gain would be worth the potential cost if he were to be proven to be inaccurate?

3. Is any narrator of a "true" story totally reliable? What factors might affect the reliability of any autobiographical writer including Elias?

Essay Topic 3

In May, 1948, the British withdrew from Palestine completely, leaving the Zionists to pursue their land grabs, blowing up entire villages in their path. Discuss the following:

1. Is there any justification for the Zionist policy towards the Palestinians according to Chacour? Do you think the actions of the Zionist are justfied? Why or why not?

2. What would you have done if your village was suddenly occupied by Zionist soldiers? Would you have welcomed them, tried to sabotage their purpose, or forgiven their actions?

3. How does the guilt that the Europeans experience over the Holocaust contribute to their recognizing Israel despite the violations against native Palestinians?

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