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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 does Professor Gordon look over at the Zechariah Frankel library?

2. Who says it is not a good day to visit?

3. What is Rachel urging Michael to do?

4. What does Danny say about Michael?

5. What does Michael see in himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Abe Greenfield and his problem at opening of Chapter 8.

2. What do Reuven and Professor Gordon discuss about Michael?

3. What does Reuven think about the reason for orthodox Jews to become so stubborn?

4. What happens between October and December for Reuven?

5. Describe Rav Kalman.

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

7. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?

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

9. What happens when Reuven goes in to Michael's room to see him after the fire?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Michael's character and his problems are intertwined with many of the other major characters. In chapter one, Michael's emotional problems are evident already. Discuss the following:

1. What foreshadowing takes place in chapter one about Michael, and where and how does the foreshadowing resolve itself?

2. Discuss which characters Michael in some way mirrors? How and why does he serve as a mirror? Give specific examples.

3. Define the concept of "foil" in a literary sense. Discuss which characters to whom Michael is a foil. How and why does he serve as a foil? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 11, Reuven is in Kalman's class, but their encounter is brief. Kalman says nothing to Reuven and Reuven feels hatred for him. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Reuven's hatred for Kalman is justified?

2. Can this difference of ideology between Kalman and Reuven be a metaphor for the differences between any two people/groups/nations that have ideological differences? Explain fully.

3. Why do you think most people want others to believe the way they do? Is this healthy? Does it contribute to peace or conflict?

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