The Promise Test | Final 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 is going on with Michael during this time?

2. How many typographical errors does Reuven's father find in his new book?

3. To whom does Reuven talk about Michael's actions?

4. What is Reuven's father's response to Reuven's meetings with Kalman?

5. Why is Abe Greenfield unprepared for class?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is Reuven's father happy?

2. What does Kalman think about Reuven as his student?

3. What does Michael say about Rav Kalman's article?

4. What is the essential argument of the second part of Rav Kalman's article attacking David Malter's book?

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

6. What do Danny, Rachel, Reuven and Eileen go to see and what is their response?

7. How is David Malter's recent book release still affecting the community?

8. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

9. What is Michael's recent disturbing behavior and what precipitated Michael's actions?

10. What do Reuven and Gordon discuss when they meet in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 3, the narrator relates that Rav Kalman is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write a brief informative essay on the Nazi concentration camps of WWII. Why were they established? Who was sent to them? How many died there? How many survived? Offer your own thoughts about the concentration camps.

2. What sort of emotional and psychological damage do you think Rav Kalman could be suffering from as a result of having lived through the experience of a concentration camp?

3. Why do you think Rav Kalman came out of the camp with a still-firm faith in his God?

4. Do you think the concentration camp experience caused very many survivors to abandon their faith in God?

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 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?

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