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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. Where does Elisha encounter the old beggar who tells him a story he has not forgotten?

2. The leaders of England feel that a pardon will be interpreted as a sign of ____________ and that it will encourage other young idealists.

3. The woman of #52 talks about David ben Moshe's death as being ___________.

4. The fighters in the Movement have been attacking under the cover of __________, taking the English by surprise.

5. What is the dialogue that leads Elisha to believe Gad is a powerful person? E: Who are you? G: I am a __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Elisha feel uneasy about Gad when Gad first enters his life at his furnished flat?

2. How have the fighters of the Movement been attacking the English by surprise?

3. How did Elisha, the main character, come to be in France after the events of WWII?

4. How is David ben Moshe treated around the world during the time of conflict after his capture?

5. Why does Gad want Elisha to join the Movement of Jews who are fighting against the English?

6. What does Elisha know about the man who is residing in the hiding place where Elisha is?

7. What happens when Gad offers Elisha a future when he visits with him one fateful day?

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

9. What does Ilana say to John Dawson's mother during her radio program?

10. How can one tell the different between night and day time, according to the beggar in Elisha's memory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Facing the man he is to kill is not a simple task for Elisa, nor would many people consider it a simple task.

Part 1: Why do you think Elisha wants to face the man he is told he will kill in the morning?

Part 2: Why do you think Dawson tries to talk with Elisha before he dies?

Part 3: Would you have been able to sit and talk with the man who you were about to kill? Why or why not?

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