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 continue to do with Rav Kalman?

2. With whom does Greenfield argue?

3. Who does Professor Gordon want as his student?

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

5. What does Kalman claim unravels and destroys the Talmud's authority?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is Reuven's father happy?

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

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

4. What is Michael's recent disturbing behavior and what precipitated Michael's actions?

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

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

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

8. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

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

10. What small breakthrough happens with Michael, and what does his mother want?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Promise based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Promise is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that The Promise deals with a very specific, narrow subject matter changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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