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 think Reuven wavers between?

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

3. What does Kalman say to Reuven in class?

4. What does Reuven feel towards Kalman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What explanation does Kalman offer for his attack on Greenfield the day before in class?

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

5. What small breakthrough happens with Michael, and what does his mother want?

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

7. What does Danny tell Reuven and what is Reuven's reaction?

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

9. What does Danny think about isolation and what does Danny want Reuven to do?

10. What do Danny, Rachel, Reuven and Eileen go to see and what is their response?

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

Michael's character and his problems are intertwined with many of the other major characters. In chapter one, Michael's emotional problems are evident already. Discuss the following:

1. What foreshadowing takes place in chapter one about Michael, and where and how does the foreshadowing resolve itself?

2. Discuss which characters Michael in some way mirrors? How and why does he serve as a mirror? Give specific examples.

3. Define the concept of "foil" in a literary sense. Discuss which characters to whom Michael is a foil. How and why does he serve as a foil? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Kalman reminds Reuven that Professor Gordon was excommunicated and demands that Reuven respect the excommunication by dissociating from Gordon. Discuss the following:

1. What is ex-communication in the Jewish tradition? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?

2. Do other religions practice ex-communication? Which ones? What are the reasons for ex-communicating someone?

3. Does ex-communication seem like a good way to deal with a dissenter? Why or why not?

4. How is ex-communication a form of control?

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