Blood Brothers Test | Final Test - Hard

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 Jewish state like in 1967?

2. What does Elias think God desires?

3. Who are "blood brothers" in Elias's eyes?

4. Who is Thomas Herzl?

5. What event greatly increases support for the Zionist movement in Europe after WWII?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Bishop have an appointment with Elias and what was Elias's feelings about it?

2. What did Elias decide to do following his initial efforts in the church at Ibillin?

3. What occurred during some of Elias's successes that set back the peace movement?

4. What did Elias see as the view the Western world had of the Jews and a homeland?

5. What happened in another village because of Elias's intercession? What did Elias do when he was given a gift?

6. What massacre was Elias told about that made Elias decide not to leave Israel?

7. What did more moderate Jews call for about the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian problem?

8. What kind of church was Elias's first assignment and what did he vow?

9. What had happened in Palestine by the time Elias returned there after his studies in Paris?

10. What was Elias doing when he knew what work remained for him and what was that work?

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

While the Irgun attempts at eliminating the men of the community is going on, Katoub, Elias' mother, becomes the "rock" of the village, gathering her strength from prayer and faith, consoling and encouraging the other women of the village. Discuss one the following:

1. Do you think women are often the spiritual force behind the men in life? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own experience. If women had been making the decisions for both sides, how might things have been different?

2. Why do you think women are rarely mentioned in Chacour's book? He enters a totally male profession also, yet he says his mother has the greatest influence on him as a child. Are women valued in this culture? Why or why not? How are women viewed in general in the Middle East?

3. How are Israeli women viewed differently from those in the Arab countries that surround Israel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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