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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 Kalman have Reuven read aloud?
2. What is the name of the narrator in the Introduction?
3. What past experience of Rabbi Kalman's does Reuven mention?
4. When does Reuven return to seminary?
5. Who is Danny?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Kalman discuss with Reuven after class concerning Professor Gordon?
2. Describe the neighborhood in which the narrator lives at the opening of the The Promise.
3. How does Danny's father raise Danny?
4. Who does Reuven encounter at the library and what is the person doing?
5. What do Reuven and Professor Gordon discuss about Michael?
6. What are the narrator's plans for his schooling and what were the influences on his choice?
7. Where does Professor Gordon invite Reuven and what does Reuven do?
8. What does Michael say about the universe when he is back home after the fair?
9. What does Michael tell Reuven about Michael's nosebleeds?
10. What rumors infuriate Reuven and his father?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The Promise, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Promise and whether or not The Promise fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Promise is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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