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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. Why can't Danny meet with Professor Gordon?
2. What does Kalman ask of Reuven?
3. Who is Abraham Gordon?
4. What does Danny say about Michael?
5. Who is Giordano Bruno?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Reuven's visit with Danny.
2. How does the narrator's neighborhood change in the early 1950s?
3. How does Reuven work out a way to meet Professor Gordon?
4. Describe Rav Kalman.
5. What does Reuven say about the Hasid?
6. What rumors infuriate Reuven and his father?
7. What does Michael tell Reuven about Michael's nosebleeds?
8. How does Danny become involved with the Gordon family?
9. What does Reuven reveal in a flashback?
10. Describe the neighborhood in which the narrator lives at the opening of the The Promise.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Michael hates orthodox Jews because he thinks they try to keep people from speaking the truth as the person sees it. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss and analyze the theme of truth in The Promise. Is there one truth? Many truths? Does any character have "the truth"?
2. Many wars have been fought over the concept of "the truth." Discuss one war that was waged over a difference in the perception of truth and what the core issue(s) was. Relate your research back to The Promise.
3. Thoroughly discucss one thing you think is absolutely true and then relate your beliefs in that truth to one character's beliefs about the truth in The Promise.
Essay Topic 2
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Reuven Malter and Daniel Saunders. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either man's cause more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of David Malter and Rav Kalman. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss The Promise based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Promise is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.
3. Do you think the fact that The Promise deals with a very specific, narrow subject matter changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.
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