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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. What leads Reuven to read books by Professor Gordon?
2. Who is Michael Gordon?
3. What does Kalman ask Reuven one day after class?
4. What classes does Reuven study?
5. With whom does Kotzker Rebbe have disagreements?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator's neighborhood change in the early 1950s?
2. Describe the game which Michael is playing and which is making Reuven and Rachel nervous for him.
3. What does Danny tell Reuven about Michael?
4. What has Reuven's father completed during the Fall and early Winter?
5. Describe the neighborhood in which the narrator lives at the opening of the The Promise.
6. Who does Reuven encounter at the library and what is the person doing?
7. What happens between October and December for Reuven?
8. What does Reuven reveal in a flashback?
9. What does Reuven say about the Hasid?
10. Who does Reuven call the day after sailing with Michael and what is the result?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think The Promise is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
Kalman reminds Reuven that Professor Gordon was excommunicated and demands that Reuven respect the excommunication by dissociating from Gordon. Discuss the following:
1. What is ex-communication in the Jewish tradition? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?
2. Do other religions practice ex-communication? Which ones? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?
3. Does ex-communication seem like a good way to deal with a dissenter? Why or why not?
4. How is ex-communication a form of control?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Promise.
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Promise. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Promiise. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
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