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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. It was the end of what month when the American troops reached the Rhine River and held against German counterattacks in Chapter 11?
2. Reb Saunders likens Danny Saunders to his brother named what in Chapter 18?
3. What does Reuven ask Danny when he visits him after starting his studies in the end of Chapter 18?
4. Danny Saunders applies to programs at what three educational institutions in Chapter 17?
5. Who is elected President of his class in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Reuven and Danny spend their first month of summer in Chapter 10?
2. How does David Malter defend the actions of Reb Saunders in Chapter 13?
3. How does the new school year begin for Reuven and Danny in Chapter 11?
4. What viewpoints does Chapter 12 present regarding the creation of Israel?
5. What is the central theme of Chapter 18? How does this theme relate to silence?
6. How is the relationship between Danny and Reuven illustrated in Chapter 15?
7. What has Danny decided to study in Chapter 16? Why is this significant?
8. What causes the animosity between Danny and Reuven in Chapter 13?
9. How does the death of a Hirsch College graduate affect Reuven and his fellow classmates in Chapter 15?
10. What does Reuven observe about Reb Saunders’ behavior in Chapter 12?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the impact of D-Day on the characters in the novel in Chapter 3. How does Reuven respond to this historical event? What does Reuven’s father believe that D-Day indicates for the future of the Jewish People? What does Danny’s father think?
Essay Topic 2
Define literary motif and discuss the motif of silence illustrated in the novel. What different silences are described by the narrator? What do they symbolize to him? What does silence mean to Danny and Reb Saunders?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the setting of The Chosen and the importance of that setting to the narrative and its themes. Could The Chosen be “modernized,” or would this affect the story itself? Why or why not?
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