From Beirut to Jerusalem Short Essay - Answer Key

Thomas Friedman
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1. What was Friedman's first story about in his high school paper?

Friedman's first story in his high school paper was about a then unknown Israeli general, Ariel Sharon, who was lecturing at the University of Minnesota.

2. What two events happen immediately upon Friedman's return to Beirut in April, 1982?

The two events that happen upon Friedman's return to Beirut in April, 1982 are the following: 1. There is a rebellion in Hama, Syria in which the government kills 20,000 people; and 2. There is a deal in Israel between Bawshir Gemayel and Menachem Begin to force the Syrians and PLO out of Lebanon.

3. In Chapter 1, Friedman says that the book is about his journey between two worlds. What are these two worlds?

The two worlds Friedman refers to are Lebanon (Beirut) and Israel (Jerusalem).

4. What are the groups that basically form the Lebanon that wins independence from France in 1943?

The groups that form the Lebanon that wins independence from France in 1943 are the Sunnis, the Maronite Christians of the Eastern Syrian Christian Church, and the Shiites.

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