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Chaim Potok's novel "The Chosen," an admittedly autobiographical portrait of growing up Jewish in America, focuses on the challenge of living a religious life in a secular society. Through the budding friendship of an ultrareligious Hasidic Jew (Danny Saunders) and a Modern Orthodox Jew (Reuven Malter), readers learn what it takes to be a committed, religiously observant Jew living simultaneously in two cultures, one secular and one religious.
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CliffsNotes on The Chosen reveals the condition of American Jews living in two cultures, one secular and one religious. In his classic novel, author Chaim Potok is describing not only the lives of the characters but his own life, as well.
With this study guide, youll be able to walk a mile in the shoes of a Jewish American of the 1940s. You'll also gain insight into the life of Potok and historical influences on this novel. Other features that help you study include
- Character analyses of major players
- A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
- Critical essays
- Review questions and suggested writing topics
- Discussion of the firm version of the novel and how it compares to the original work
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Table of Contents
Life and Background of the Author.
Introduction to the Novel.
Historical Introduction to the Novel.
List of Characters.
Chapters 11 and 12.
Review Questions and Essay Topics.