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 is Reuven's opinion about the proposed treatment for Michael?

2. Out of what does David think Kalman is acting?

3. What surprises Reuven's father?

4. Who does Kalman say was his teacher of the Torah?

5. Who does Michael talk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Reuven think about the reason for orthodox Jews to become so stubborn?

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

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

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

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

7. What is Michael's recent disturbing behavior and what precipitated Michael's actions?

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

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

10. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 11, Reuven is in Kalman's class, but their encounter is brief. Kalman says nothing to Reuven and Reuven feels hatred for him. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Reuven's hatred for Kalman is justified?

2. Can this difference of ideology between Kalman and Reuven be a metaphor for the differences between any two people/groups/nations that have ideological differences? Explain fully.

3. Why do you think most people want others to believe the way they do? Is this healthy? Does it contribute to peace or conflict?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Promise.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Promise. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Promiise. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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