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

2. What surprises Kalman's Torah class?

3. To whom does Kalman apologize?

4. What is one consequence of the orthodox reaction to Rav Kalman's article?

5. What does Reuven tell Danny when he returns to Danny?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what is Reuven's father happy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Danny give Michael and what does Michael say about it to Reuven?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Promise based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Promise is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that The Promise deals with a very specific, narrow subject matter changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Professor Gordon is at a conservative seminary and David Malter is at a liberal seminary . Find two other incidences of irony in The Promise and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in The Promise.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in The Promise.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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