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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 Rav Kalman ask during Reuven's oral exams?

2. Why does Kalman ask Reuven to stay after class?

3. To whom does Kalman apologize?

4. Who is Abe Greenfield?

5. From what school is Greenfield earning his Ph.D.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Kalman say to Reuven about his smicha exam?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Reuven Malter and Daniel Saunders. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either man's cause more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of David Malter and Rav Kalman. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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