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. Against what does Kalman fight?

2. What does Reuven continue to do with Rav Kalman?

3. What does Kalman do in protest about the planned changes at his school?

4. What surprises Reuven's father?

5. What is Reuven's opinion about the proposed treatment for Michael?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens when Reuven goes in to Michael's room to see him after the fire?

6. About what is Reuven's father happy?

7. Describe Abe Greenfield and his problem at opening of Chapter 8.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Promise is? Explain your response.

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