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. Where does Reuven go after Kalman's class?

2. Who asks Danny to visit?

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

4. Where is Reuven at the opening of Chapter 9?

5. What does Michael still refuse to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Reuven think about the reason for orthodox Jews to become so stubborn?

7. What is the impact of David Malter's book and Kalman's ensuing article on the Yeshiva where David teaches?

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

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

10. What does Danny give Michael and what does Michael say about it to Reuven?

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

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 3

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.

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