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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. Why is Rav Kalman's orthodoxy so entrenched?
2. How does Reuven's father encourage Reuven to act towards Kalman?
3. What concerns Rachel about the idea of marrying Danny?
4. What does Kalman say he cannot do?
5. What does Danny say about Kotzker Rebbe?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Danny, Rachel, Reuven and Eileen go to see and what is their response?
2. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?
3. What is the essential argument of the second part of Rav Kalman's article attacking David Malter's book?
4. What does Michael do when Reuven says he is going inside because he is cold?
5. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.
6. What does Reuven tell his father about his meetings with Rav Kalman and what is David Malter's response?
7. What is Michael's recent disturbing behavior and what precipitated Michael's actions?
8. What does Reuven argue at his smicha exam and why is that upsetting to Kalman and Gershenson?
9. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?
10. What small breakthrough happens with Michael, and what does his mother want?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Much of The Promise concerns theology. Many of the major characters are either Rabbis or studying to become a Rabbi. Michael, who is still a boy, makes perhasp some of the most interesting statements about god. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think Michael means when he says "God is smoke"?
2. Michael says he cannot get God out of his mind--discuss that statement in light of Michael's personality.
3. Are Michael's problems mostly spiritual; mostly psychological, or a combination of the two? Discuss thoroughly with examples.
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