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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 languages are difficult for Kalman in reading David Malter's book?

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

3. With whom does Rav Kalman have an intense argument?

4. What film do Danny and Reuven and their dates go to see?

5. What does Reuven take Danny on Friday?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the altercation between Kalman and Greenfield.

3. What does Reuven argue at his smicha exam and why is that upsetting to Kalman and Gershenson?

4. What does Reuven tell his father about his meetings with Rav Kalman and what is David Malter's response?

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

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

7. What is the impact of David Malter's book and Kalman's ensuing article on the Yeshiva where David teaches?

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

9. What does Kalman think about Reuven as his student?

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

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

In Chapter 8, Rav Kalman says he wants to impress upon the class the importance of choosing Torah over all else. Kalman says that he could only give his approval to students who put it above all else because he had had one of the greatest teachers of Torah in the world, and since his teacher had been killed, as had all his European students, his approval is the lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think Rav Kalman means by the statement that his lone approval of an entire great line of Torah commentators?

2. What is the definition of tradition?

3. How important do you think tradition is in matters of religious belief?

4. Should religious belief change with cultural beliefs? Why or why not?

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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