Enchantment Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why did Vanya finally decide to let the Mohel circumcise him?

Vanya finally decided to let the Mohel circumcise him because of the story of Shechem he had been read from the Torah. It occurred to Vanya that even God knew it was barbaric and hurt, and as a result, as long as God understood that it was a ludicrous thing to do, Vanya could authorize it to happen to him.

2. Why was it unrealistic that Vanya was imagining Abraham in the forest and countryside? Why didn't this stop him from his fantasy?

It didn't make sense that Vanya imagined Abraham in the forest and countryside because the Torah takes place in Palestine and the Sinai, both arid and dry locations that are more sand and rock than lush and green. This didn't impede Vanya's fantasy because he could still imagine Abraham herding sheep in the hillsides, better than he could in a dry and arid location.

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