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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 is one consequence of the orthodox reaction to Rav Kalman's article?
2. Who does Kalman believe has the authority to interpret ancient Hebrew texts?
3. What is Reuven's opinion about the proposed treatment for Michael?
4. What do the teachers at Professor Gordon's school think about David Malter's book?
5. What does Michael perceive about many things?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Reuven argue at his smicha exam and why is that upsetting to Kalman and Gershenson?
2. What explanation does Kalman offer for his attack on Greenfield the day before in class?
3. Describe Abe Greenfield and his problem at opening of Chapter 8.
4. What does Kalman think about Reuven as his student?
5. What does Danny think about isolation and what does Danny want Reuven to do?
6. What is the essential argument of the second part of Rav Kalman's article attacking David Malter's book?
7. What is the impact of David Malter's book and Kalman's ensuing article on the Yeshiva where David teaches?
8. What small breakthrough happens with Michael, and what does his mother want?
9. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?
10. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In chapter 3, the narrator relates that Rav Kalman is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Discuss the following:
1. Research and write a brief informative essay on the Nazi concentration camps of WWII. Why were they established? Who was sent to them? How many died there? How many survived? Offer your own thoughts about the concentration camps.
2. What sort of emotional and psychological damage do you think Rav Kalman could be suffering from as a result of having lived through the experience of a concentration camp?
3. Why do you think Rav Kalman came out of the camp with a still-firm faith in his God?
4. Do you think the concentration camp experience caused very many survivors to abandon their faith in God?
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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