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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. Danny Saunders’ father brought his congregation to the United States and settled in what neighborhood of Brooklyn?
2. What is a central text of Rabbinic Judaism, considered second to the Torah?
3. Reuven is not allowed to read yet, so he goes over what in his head at the library in Chapter 8?
4. Danny Saunders explains to Reuven in Chapter 8 that he wants to read Freud but first must learn what in order to read his original writings?
5. What is the name of the young blind boy that Reuven meets at the hospital in Chapter 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Reuven feel like his life has changed when he returns home from the hospital in Chapter 5? Why?
2. What is foreshadowed through Reuven’s inner thoughts and considerations returning home from the hospital in Chapter 5?
3. What is significant about Danny’s and Reuven’s aspirations within their synagogues in Chapter 3?
4. What conversation do Reuven and Danny have about Reb Saunders in Chapter 7?
5. How does the baseball game begin in Chapter 1? Who takes the lead?
6. Why does Reb Saunders call Reuven’s father in Chapter 2? How does Reuven respond?
7. What two things does David Malter say the Talmud says a person should do for himself in Chapter 4?
8. How does Reuven become injured during the game in Chapter 1? How does the game end?
9. How does Reuven respond to the information he learns about Billy in Chapter 9? What symbolic imagery is described at the end of this chapter?
10. What historical figure does David Malter compare Danny Saunders to in Chapter 6? How is this individual’s influence on Judaism described?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the theme of psychology in the book. Why is Danny drawn toward the study of psychoanalysis? How does Reuven differ in this regard? What does Danny’s interest in psychology cause conflict within his family and culture?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the themes of forgiveness and friendship in the novel. How are these themes illustrated in Reuven’s acceptance of Danny’s apology in Chapter 3? Where else is forgiveness a key theme in the novel? What does Danny’s friendship mean to Reuven?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the setting of Williamsburg, Brooklin in the 1930s. What ethnic and religious groups lived principally in this neighborhood at the time? How inclusive is Reuven’s neighborhood? What is a “brownstone” and how are these houses set up? How wealthy is Reuven’s family?
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