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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 time frame does Chapter 5 concern?

2. Why does Reuven say he visited the Frankel library?

3. Who is Danny?

4. What does Kalman ask of Reuven?

5. Who has been seeing Rachel more and more?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Reuven work out a way to meet Professor Gordon?

2. When does Michael get a nosebleed at the fair, and what do Reuven and Rachel do?

3. Where do Michael and Reuven go the day after the fair, and what does Reuven teach Michael?

4. What does Kalman discuss with Reuven after class concerning Professor Gordon?

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

6. How does Danny's father raise Danny?

7. What does Michael say about the universe when he is back home after the fair?

8. How does Danny become involved with the Gordon family?

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

10. What rumors infuriate Reuven and his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Promise, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Promise and whether or not The Promise fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Promise is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Professor Gordon is at a conservative seminary and David Malter is at a liberal seminary . Find two other incidences of irony in The Promise and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in The Promise.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in The Promise.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 8, Rav Kalman says he wants to impress upon the class the importance of choosing Torah over all else. Kalman says that he could only give his approval to students who put it above all else because he had had one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the world, and since his teacher had been killed, as had all his European students, his approval is the lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Rav Kalman means by the statement that his lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators?

2. What is the definition of tradition?

3. How important do you think tradition is in matters of religious belief?

4. Should religious belief change with cultural beliefs? Why or why not?

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