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. Out of what does David think Kalman is acting?

2. What does Michael still refuse to do?

3. Against what does Kalman fight?

4. What does Reuven read that infuriates him?

5. Who asks Danny to visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Reuven tell his father about his meetings with Rav Kalman and what is David Malter's response?

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

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

7. What does Danny think about isolation and what does Danny want Reuven to do?

8. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? How is Michael Gordon's emotional problems a metaphor for the changes taking place in the realm of Jewish theology?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition. What is Reuven's view of tradition? Kalman's? Michael Gordon's? Professor Gordon's? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to tradition?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Promise, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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