Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How do David Malter and Rav Kalman differ academically?
2. With whom does Reb Saunders think Danny is involved?
3. What does Reuven feel towards Kalman?
4. What does Kalman claim unravels and destroys the Talmud's authority?
5. What concerns Rachel about the idea of marrying Danny?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In The Promise, the most visible and important characters are male. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think novels more often have a male hero than a female one?
2. Do you believe Rachael is as capable (or more so) than Reuven or Daniel? Would the novel be as interesting to you if she were the one that was in a difficult position with Rav Kalman? Why or why not.
3. Do you think females (in the real world) are just as likely and capable as males to be heroes? Why or why not?
4. Would you rather read a book with a male or female hero or do you have a preference? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
Reuven asks his father about Kotzker, who it turns out is an eccentric rabbi who has shut himself up in a room for twenty years and has disagreements with many Hasidic sects.
Discuss the following:
1. Research the historical Kotzker Rebbe and write an informative essay on him and how the historical facts match up with what is said in The Promise.
2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a scholar isolating himself for twenty years.
3. Can you ever think of a reason you would isolate yourself for twenty years?
4. Relate the anecdote about Kotzker Rebbe to the theme of silence in the Promise. What other situations are related to the theme of silence? Who tries to silence other? Why?
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