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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 sects have inhabited the narrator's neighborhood?

2. How does Reuven describe Professor Gordon?

3. Of what does Kalman remind Reuven?

4. Who calls Reuven and is acting odd?

5. What is one image Michael sees in the clouds?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Reuven know Professor Gordon?

3. About whom does Rachel ask Reuven and what is his reply?

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

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

6. What does Reuven reveal in a flashback?

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

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

9. What does Michael tell Reuven about Michael's nosebleeds?

10. Who is Nota Finkel and for what is he noted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Promise, the most visible and important characters are male. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think novels more often have a male hero than a female one?

2. Do you believe Rachael is as capable (or more so) than Reuven or Daniel? Would the novel be as interesting to you if she were the one that was in a difficult position with Rav Kalman? Why or why not.

3. Do you think females (in the real world) are just as likely and capable as males to be heroes? Why or why not?

4. Would you rather read a book with a male or female hero or do you have a preference? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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