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 Kalman say Reuven has to do before Kalman will offer his scholarly approval of Reuven?

2. What does Danny say about Kotzker Rebbe?

3. What does Michael talk about in the field of astronomy?

4. Where does Michael go when Reuven goes in the house?

5. What does Reuven feel caught between in the religious community?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is Reuven's father happy?

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

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

4. Describe Abe Greenfield and his problem at opening of Chapter 8.

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

6. What is the impact of David Malter's book and Kalman's ensuing article on the Yeshiva where David teaches?

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

8. What does Reuven tell his father about his meetings with Rav Kalman and what is David Malter's response?

9. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, David Malter is impressed that Gordon has a theology where Jews can fail to believe but remain observant. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Jews who do not believe in God would want to still observe the religious rituals surrounding the Jewish religious beliefs?

2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of following the outward form without the inner beliefs.

3. Do you think it is a common practice for a person to follow the outward trappings of his/her religion (whether Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hindu, etc...) but not actually believe?

4. If you no longer believed in the spiritual/theological ideas behind the outward practice of your religion, would you continue to participate in the ceremonies that are a part of your belief system? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? How is Michael Gordon's emotional problems a metaphor for the changes taking place in the realm of Jewish theology?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition. What is Reuven's view of tradition? Kalman's? Michael Gordon's? Professor Gordon's? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative sides to tradition?

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