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. Out of what does David think Kalman is acting?

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

3. What does Kalman say to Reuven in class?

4. Where is Reuven summoned at the end of the chapter?

5. What does Kalman think Reuven wavers between?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

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

3. What does Michael do when Reuven says he is going inside because he is cold?

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

5. About what is Reuven's father happy?

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

7. What happens when Reuven goes in to Michael's room to see him after the fire?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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