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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 the world demand?
2. Of what are those who are killed accused?
3. What do the sisters start for the children?
4. What does Elias hold as he thinks of Sabra and Shatila?
5. What starts appearing at the door to Elias' residence?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was Bishop Raya's background and what was he determined to do?
2. Why does he consider the conflict in Israel so horrific?
3. What was Biram like when Elias returned there from his time in Paris?
4. What does Elias ask of the Jew, Westerners, and Arabs?
5. What did Elias finally do in the church at Ibillin and what was the result?
6. What happened in another village because of Elias's intercession? What did Elias do when he was given a gift?
7. What type of personal epiphany did Elias have at Ibillin and what did he decide?
8. What had happened in Palestine by the time Elias returned there after his studies in Paris?
9. How did Elias feel after researching the history of Palestine and Jews and why did he feel that way?
10. What does Elias first decide to do about the church in Ibillin? How does his efforts work?
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
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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