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The Chosen (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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ISBN13: 9780449911549
ISBN10: 0449911543
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1. One of the central metaphors of The Chosen is combat. How does this metaphor advance the themes of the book?

2. Chaim Potok spoke often of his interest in a core-to-core culture confrontation in his books. What does this mean in The Chosen? What are the essential differences between the Hasidic and the Orthodox Jews?

3. Reb Saunders uses silence as a way of instructing and changing Danny. Why? What causes him to finally communicate with his son?

4. When Danny begins to read widely, what writer/thinker/innovator and what methodology lead him to the path he finally chooses?

5. Reb Saunderss Hasidic sect is hostile at first to the establishment of the State of Israel. What causes Reb to change his mind?

6. David Malter and Reb Saunders have different opinions about the war in Europe and the fact that 6 million Jews died in death camps. Can you explain how and why they differ?

7. Some people are puzzled by the title. What do you think The Chosen means?

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Monika of Ms. Chan's global class, May 11, 2006 (view all comments by Monika of Ms. Chan's global class)
The Chosen by Chaim Potok will hit home and it is a book you will never forget. It is about two very different young men becoming very good friends. It was a heart warming story for me and I couldn't put it down. Potok gives you clues as to what goes on but you don't fully understand until you finish the book. This is definitely an emotion-stirring novel that you will want to read again and again. It also includes historical references to World War II and the formation of Isreal.
I loved it and found the facts very interesting. This is a book to share with family and friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449911549
Author:
Potok, Chaim
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Brooklyn
Subject:
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19960827
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.24x5.50x.66 in. .56 lbs.

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