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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 Michael burn?

2. What kind of game do Reuven, Rachel and Michael go to?

3. What sects have inhabited the narrator's neighborhood?

4. To what religion does the narrator's neighborhood belong?

5. What does Professor Gordon look over at the Zechariah Frankel library?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Reuven's visit with Danny.

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

3. What happens between October and December for Reuven?

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

5. What are the narrator's plans for his schooling and what were the influences on his choice?

6. What has Reuven's father completed during the Fall and early Winter?

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

8. What does Michael say about orthodox Jews?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Kalman reminds Reuven that Professor Gordon was excommunicated and demands that Reuven respect the excommunication by dissociating from Gordon. Discuss the following:

1. What is ex-communication in the Jewish tradition? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?

2. Do other religions practice ex-communication? Which ones? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?

3. Does ex-communication seem like a good way to deal with a dissenter? Why or why not?

4. How is ex-communication a form of control?

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