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 Reuven continue to do with Rav Kalman?

2. What does Kalman keep telling Reuven as far as Reuven himself is concerned?

3. What does Kalman think Reuven wavers between?

4. Where is David Malter offered a position?

5. What does Reuven read that infuriates him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. About what is Reuven's father happy?

3. What do Reuven and Gordon discuss when they meet in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the essential argument of the second part of Rav Kalman's article attacking David Malter's book?

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

10. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michael hates orthodox Jews because he thinks they try to keep people from speaking the truth as the person sees it. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss and analyze the theme of truth in The Promise. Is there one truth? Many truths? Does any character have "the truth"?

2. Many wars have been fought over the concept of "the truth." Discuss one war that was waged over a difference in the perception of truth and what the core issue(s) was. Relate your research back to The Promise.

3. Thoroughly discucss one thing you think is absolutely true and then relate your beliefs in that truth to one character's beliefs about the truth in The Promise.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Kalman picks on Reuven by having him read Gemora aloud and critiques his interpretations. Reuven reads Kalman's book on ethics. Discuss the following:

1. What is ethics? How do you think the topic figures in during the telling of The Promise?

2. Why do you think Kalman is picking on Reuven in class?

3. Do you think it is ironic that Kalman wrote a book on ethics and yet he obviously picks on a student just because Kalman sees him with someone with whom Kalman disagrees?

4. Discuss the major characters (Kalman, Reuven, Danny, Professor Gordon, Michael Gordon and David Malter) and tell why you think each is ethical or not, giving one example for each to illustrate your point.

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