Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How do David Malter and Rav Kalman differ academically?
2. With whom does Reb Saunders think Danny is involved?
3. What does Reuven feel towards Kalman?
4. What does Kalman claim unravels and destroys the Talmud's authority?
5. What concerns Rachel about the idea of marrying Danny?
Essay Topic 1
The Promise, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Promise and whether or not The Promise fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Promise is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think The Promise is? Explain your response.
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