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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. What is the general view of Palestinians by Europeans?

2. What happens when the British withdraw from an area?

3. Where do the children in Biram attend school?

4. Why do the Arab villages through which the men of Biram travel offer no help?

5. Of what does Elias's father make certain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the Bishop suggest for Elias?

3. What did Elias see in Jesus and how did he feel about Jesus? How did Elias see his interaction with Jesus?

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

5. What type of journal did Elias begin when he was at school? How long did this journal last?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The intellectual approach to Biblical study was frustrating for Elias, as he continued to struggle for a personal, emotional relationship with his God and Jesus. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Elias means about having a personal, emotional relationship with God and Jesus? How does he demonstrate this?

2. Why do you think Elias' seminary emphasizes the intellectual over the emotional in terms of Christianity?

3. Why do you think the seminary wants students who do not question the material presented and who are submissive? Does this really serve the church positively? What can questioning do for one's faith ultimately?

Essay Topic 2

At a seminary in Paris, Faraj states that, "The real problem is that Western theology starts with man as the center of all things... Elias, we've grown up believing that God is the beginning and end of all things. He is central, not an afterthought. He's alive and has His own ways. Here, they want to tame God with their philosophy " (pg. 117.) Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Faraj's condmenation of Western theology is justified? Does it seem harsh?

2. What do you think are the cultural differences between Elias' childhood world and the Western world that might make such a statement true (if it is true)?

3. Do you think such a blanket statement if fair in this situation or in any situation? What happens when one generalizes about people?

What generalizations were there about Palestinians that were not either true at all or were only true for a small number of Palestinians.

Essay Topic 3

Elias himself was the victim of the Zionists, when he and his friends were singled out as culprits in the cutting of a telephone line. He and his father were interrogated for hours and Elias beaten. Though it was later discovered that a truck had inadvertently driven over the wire, severing it, there was never an apology or an admission of a mistake. Discuss the following:

1. What might an apology have done to the situation? Why do you think the Zionist do not offer one?

2. Are hours of interrogation and a beating overboard for the offense? Why or why not?

3. In response to these events, Elias chooses to retreat to solitude, again talking to Jesus and coming to the conclusion that somehow he would become a part of God's plan for peace. Do you think this is a worthwhile plan? Why or why not?

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