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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the day after the sailing trip?
(a) Shabbat.
(b) No special day.
(c) Yom Kippur.
(d) Hanukkah.

2. When does Michael begin treatment?
(a) He agrees to start after the new year.
(b) The second week in October.
(c) He starts the same day that Michael returns to classes.
(d) He refuses treatment.

3. Who has shut himself up for twenty years?
(a) The man who lives on Reuven's street.
(b) Reuven's uncle.
(c) Reuven's great-grandmother.
(d) Kotzker Rebbe.

4. What is one thing that is established in the narrator's neighborhood as it becomes more populous?
(a) A bookie system.
(b) Two rival gangs.
(c) A neighborhood watch system.
(d) Educational institutions.

5. Who was Nota Finkel?
(a) He was excommuicated in the 1800s for heresy.
(b) He quashed a secularist revolt.
(c) He was a well-known Talmudist.
(d) He was a fanatical Zionist who changed his mind about Israel.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Danny taught about suffering by his father?

2. To what religion does the narrator's neighborhood belong?

3. How often does Reuven see Rachel between October and December?

4. What sect is the seminary that Reuven attends?

5. What does Danny say about Michael?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator's neighborhood change in the early 1950s?

2. Describe the elderly man who is the father of the booth attendant at the dice game.

3. Who does Reuven call the day after sailing with Michael and what is the result?

4. What is the topic of Michael's long-winded monologue to Reuven?

5. What are the narrator's plans for his schooling and what were the influences on his choice?

6. What does Danny tell Reuven about Michael?

7. Describe the game which Michael is playing and which is making Reuven and Rachel nervous for him.

8. What does Reuven say about the Hasid?

9. Describe Rav Kalman.

10. Describe the neighborhood in which the narrator lives at the opening of the The Promise.

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