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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 happens to Michael while he is arguing?

2. Who is David Malter?

3. What past experience of Rabbi Kalman's does Reuven mention?

4. What does Reuven's father finish?

5. According to Rueven's friend, what rumors are circulating through the seminary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?

2. Who does Reuven encounter at the library and what is the person doing?

3. Describe Reuven's visit with Danny.

4. What is the impact of David Malter's book and Kalman's ensuing article on the Yeshiva where David teaches?

5. What explanation does Kalman offer for his attack on Greenfield the day before in class?

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

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

8. What does Michael do when Reuven says he is going inside because he is cold?

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

10. Who does Reuven call the day after sailing with Michael and what is the result?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, the narrator says that Danny is raised by his father with a barrier of silence - they only spoke when they studied Talmud. This was to teach Danny suffering. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Rebbe Saunders' method of raising Danny helped him to learn about suffering?

2. What else do you think it may have taught Danny?

3. Why do you think Rebbe Saunders thinks Danny needs to learn suffering?

4. Do you think Danny's mother had any say in the way Danny is raised in silence?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, David Malter is impressed that Gordon has a theology where Jews can fail to believe but remain observant. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Jews who do not believe in God would want to still observe the religious rituals surrounding the Jewish religious beliefs?

2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of following the outward form without the inner beliefs.

3. Do you think it is a common practice for a person to follow the outward trappings of his/her religion (whether Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hindu, etc...) but not actually believe?

4. If you no longer believed in the spiritual/theological ideas behind the outward practice of your religion, would you continue to participate in the ceremonies that are a part of your belief system? Why or why not.

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