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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 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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? How is Michael Gordon's emotional problems a metaphor for the changes taking place in the realm of Jewish theology?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition. What is Reuven's view of tradition? Kalman's? Michael Gordon's? Professor Gordon's? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to tradition?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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