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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. Every evening, Elisha stands near a window in order to greet the arrival of ___________.

2. What kind of job is taking place when David ben Moshe is wounded and captured by the English?

3. Where is the crying coming from as Elisha is standing at the window of the building?

4. Elisha's goal is to enroll in a ___________ course at the Sorbonne school.

5. To Elisha, ______________ was more of a sacred ideal than an actual place or a political slogan to them.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Stefan at the concentration camp where Elisha was held as well?

2. What is the lesson of the grizzled master that Elisha remembers when he learns about the idea of killing others?

3. What has Elisha seen every night since hearing the advice of the beggar?

4. What did Elisha do to narrowly escape his own death, according to his recollection?

5. Why does John Dawson appear to pity Elisha instead of being mad at him?

6. What did Ilana do to narrowly escape her own death, according to her recollection?

7. What does John Dawson do when Gideon tells him that he is going to die at dawn the next day?

8. What is the lesson that the beggar taught Elisha when he was walking through the dark?

9. What is the cellar of the two story building somewhere between Ramat-Gan and Tel Aviv used for?

10. What does Ilana say about the two deaths of the two men who are to be executed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Elisha is a survivor of a Nazi work camp, and yet he becomes a killer for a group of people with strong beliefs - much like the Nazis preached.

Part 1: Why do you think Elisha didn't just walk away from the ideas of Gad?

Part 2: Why can't Elisha see that what he is doing is just as wrong as what the Nazis did to him and to others?

Part 3: Why do you think Elisha may have been more vulnerable to the words of Gad?

Essay Topic 2

In many stories, the ending includes the redemption of those who are right and the slaughter of those who are wrong.

Part 1: Why do you think the author still had Dawson die within this story?

Part 2: How might the story have been different had Dawson been left alive?

Part 3: Do you think this is a realistic story to tell? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The symbolism of 'dawn' is everywhere in this story - with dawn being when the prisoner is killed and when Elisa becomes pensive.

Part 1: Why do you think 'dawn' was selected as the focus of the title?

Part 2: Do you think 'dawn' is a good symbol to use in this story? Why or why not?

Part 3: Is dawn an important time in your life? Why or why not?

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