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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 the setting at the opening to Chapter 8?
2. How does Reuven's response to one exam question shock the examiners?
3. What does Michael say to a nurse?
4. What does Reuven continue to do with Rav Kalman?
5. Where is Reuven summoned at the end of the chapter?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Danny tell Reuven and what is Reuven's reaction?
2. What does Reuven tell his father about his meetings with Rav Kalman and what is David Malter's response?
3. What does Reuven argue at his smicha exam and why is that upsetting to Kalman and Gershenson?
4. What does Kalman say to Reuven about his smicha exam?
5. What does Danny's father want to learn and what is his reaction when Reuven tells him?
6. What do Reuven and Gordon discuss when they meet in this chapter?
7. What does Reb Saunders tell Reuven and what does Reuven do?
8. About what is Reuven's father happy?
9. Describe Abe Greenfield and his problem at opening of Chapter 8.
10. What does Danny give Michael and what does Michael say about it to Reuven?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In chapter 3, the narrator relates that Rav Kalman is a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Discuss the following:
1. Research and write a brief informative essay on the Nazi concentration camps of WWII. Why were they established? Who was sent to them? How many died there? How many survived? Offer your own thoughts about the concentration camps.
2. What sort of emotional and psychological damage do you think Rav Kalman could be suffering from as a result of having lived through the experience of a concentration camp?
3. Why do you think Rav Kalman came out of the camp with a still-firm faith in his God?
4. Do you think the concentration camp experience caused very many survivors to abandon their faith in God?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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