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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. Who is Rachel Gorden?

2. About what does Michael feel bad?

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

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

5. What does the narrator decide to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kalman discuss with Reuven after class concerning Professor Gordon?

2. What does Danny tell Reuven about Michael?

3. Describe Reuven's visit with Danny.

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

5. Describe Reuven and Michael's phone conversation.

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

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

8. Describe Rav Kalman.

9. When does Michael get a nosebleed at the fair, and what do Reuven and Rachel do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Professor Gordon is at a conservative seminary and David Malter is at a liberal seminary . Find two other incidences of irony in The Promise and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in The Promise.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in The Promise.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Promise.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Promise. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Promiise. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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