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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 does Elias wonder about happiness?

2. What does Elias wonder as he empathizes with the Jews and their treatment by the Third Reich?

3. What is the general view of Palestinians by Europeans?

4. Who is David Ben Gurion?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Michael Chacour begin to realize about Elias and what did he do about it?

6. What was Elias's main struggle with understanding Jews?

7. What happens in Palestine when the United Nations steps into the conflict?

8. Who are the Zionist soldiers battling in Palestine in the late 1940's and what is the result of those battles?

9. Who did Elias become friends with at the orphanage and what happened when the two of them finished their studies there?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elias' father's perspective is historical and he makes certain the children know their heritage. Discuss the following:

1. What is the status of Jews, Muslim and Christians in Palestine before the coming of Zionism?

2. What three principles does Michael Chacour instill in his children and how does Elias manifest those principles as an adult?

3. What advantages are there in knowing one's family and regional history? Are there any disadvantages? How does this knowledge help Elias?

Essay Topic 2

Elias found himself seeking out longer periods of solitude, talking to Jesus and praying for the safe return of the village men and boys. It was during this time that he began to feel that the message from Jesus was peace, and he offered himself to that end, if he could be of use. Discuss the following:

1. Most governments and individuals profess to desire peace, yet it seems almost impossible to obtain. What is the reason for the discrepancy between wanting peace and it not happening?

2. Are there some people who really do not want peace? Discuss fully both with examples from the book and other situations.

3. If the world were totally peaceful, would it be as interesting? Why or why not? Discuss fully both with examples from the book and other situations.

Essay Topic 3

As a youngster, Elias loves to hear about Jesus and his miracles from his mother. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the young Elias' religious involvement. How influential is his early religious life on who he becomes? Does his spirituality seem sincere? Why or why not?

2. Elias has difficulty understanding the Beatitudes. What are the Beatitudes? State them. Choose two of them to interpret in light of your own beliefs.

3. Discuss Elias' view of Jesus and how Elias comes to be either like or not like the image Elias holds of Jesus.

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