55 pages 1 hour read

Chaim Potok

The Chosen

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1967

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Essay Topics


Create a story arc for The Chosen. What qualifies as the “rising action”? What is the “climax”? How do knowledge, silence, and Reb Saunders contribute to the suspense and the main action?


Watch the movie adaptation of The Chosen and discuss how it represents the characters and the themes. Do Danny and Reuven come across the same way? How are their different types of Judaism portrayed?


Make a case that the looks deceive motif is the major idea of the novel. How does it relate to Danny and Reuven’s friendship? How does the motif create an enigma around Reb Saunders?