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 does Reuven resist that Michael is saying?

2. What is one consequence of the orthodox reaction to Rav Kalman's article?

3. According to David Malter, how do scribal errors influence his interpretation of texts?

4. What does Kalman keep telling Reuven as far as Reuven himself is concerned?

5. What is Abe Greenfield's area of expertise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reuven argue at his smicha exam and why is that upsetting to Kalman and Gershenson?

2. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?

3. About what is Reuven's father happy?

4. What do Reuven and Professor Gordon discuss when Reuven visits him?

5. What does Kalman say to Reuven about his smicha exam?

6. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?

7. What does Danny tell Reuven and what is Reuven's reaction?

8. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

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

10. What is the difference in scholarly approaches between Kalman and Reuven's father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 8, Rav Kalman says he wants to impress upon the class the importance of choosing Torah over all else. Kalman says that he could only give his approval to students who put it above all else because he had had one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the world, and since his teacher had been killed, as had all his European students, his approval is the lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Rav Kalman means by the statement that his lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators?

2. What is the definition of tradition?

3. How important do you think tradition is in matters of religious belief?

4. Should religious belief change with cultural beliefs? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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