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. Against what does Kalman fight?

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

3. What does Reuven resist that Michael is saying?

4. What enrages Michael and causes him to organize a group of boys to try to get out of the treatment center?

5. Who does Reuven visit after speaking with Kalman?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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