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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 Biram like?
2. What does Elias ask of Westerners?
3. What does Israel do in retaliation?
4. Who is Thomas Herzl?
5. What does Elias hope will be the action of those reading his book?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Elias ask of the Jew, Westerners, and Arabs?
2. What was Biram like when Elias returned there from his time in Paris?
3. How did Elias feel after researching the history of Palestine and Jews and why did he feel that way?
4. What does Chacour call upon the nations who war and why does he see it as an insult to God?
5. What was Elias doing when he knew what work remained for him and what was that work?
6. What was one of Elias's most acclaimed accomplishments mentioned in the chapter "Work, For the Night is Coming?"
7. What does Elias Chacour hope about his book?
8. What did more moderate Jews call for about the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian problem?
9. What was the political and economic situation like in Israel in 1967?
10. What did Elias see as the view the Western world had of the Jews and a homeland?
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
In Chapter one, Elias reveals that his father insisted their family would prepare a feast for Jewish soldiers who would be arriving in the village, and that the family would welcome them into their home. Discuss the following:
1. Does it seem odd that the first people to arrive are soldiers rather than civilians? What message does that send to the Palestinians?
2. How might things have been different had families of immigrants came to Biram rather than soldiers?
3. Do you think the Zionist actually believe that Palestine is uninhabited land? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
In "Singled Out," it is the end of 1949, and things had begun to change somewhat. The new Zionist landowners were unschooled in the proper cultivation of the orchards and needed to employ native Palestinians to care for them. Discuss one the following:
1. Compare and contrast Michael's reaction to working in his own orchards as hired help with that of Elias' reaction. Which reaction is more like to how you would feel? Which seems psychologically healthier? Which seems more in line with the doctrines of Christianity?
2. In this same chapter, it states that other villagers left for Haifa, hoping to secure better jobs in the new factories being built by the Jews. What is the irony in both this situation and in that of the former orchard owners working as hired hands in their orchards?
3. How do you think the Jewish families who steal the Palestinian lands justify such actions? Is the land stolen? Or paid for by fair market value? Even if the land is paid for, if the villager does not want to sell but is forced to do so, it that a fair exchange?
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