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Why is Samson so important in The Bronze Bow? 

Samson, the apparently deaf-mute slave who Rosh steals from a passing caravan, is important to the action and characterization in The Bronze Bow. He plays an important role in the action because...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 3:58 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, how does Daniel feel when he first meets Jesus at Simon's house?

When Daniel first hears Jesus preach, he believes that Jesus is a born leader, a man who can ignite the spark of revolution against the Romans. Daniel is confused when the spark is never born;...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 7:26 pm UTC

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What is a character description of Daniel from The Bronze Bow?

Daniel is a member of Rosh's group of rebels, who live in the mountains of Galilee and oppose the Roman forces in the region. After the Roman Empire crucified Daniel's father, Daniel was sold into...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 3:49 pm UTC

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In the Bronze Bow, how was the conflict resolved?

The primary conflict in Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Bronze Bow is the internal conflict Daniel experiences with himself. He has become so consumed by hatred of the Romans and his desire for...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 2:27 am UTC

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The Bronze Bow: Chapter 5 summary

With the harvest season of Nisan drawing to a close, Daniel becomes impatient to take the fight to the Romans. He doesn't understand why Rosh lingers in the mountains, giving everyone seemingly...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 4:02 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, how are the beliefs of Rosh and Jesus different?

Both Rosh and Jesus are seen by the villagers as men opposing the Roman rule over Israel. However, they are extremely different in their beliefs and methods. Rosh is a bandit living in the hills;...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

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How does Daniel's relationship with Thacia develop throughout The Bronze Bow?

Thacia is Daniel's love interest; she is a young woman around his age, a pupil of Jesus, and a person with profound empathy for those around her. At first, Daniel doesn't understand his feelings,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 10:33 pm UTC

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What are some of the character traits that Daniel bar Jamin displays in The Bronze Bow? Give some examples.

Some of Daniel’s most important characteristics are his passion, loyalty, resourcefulness, and determination. The passion and loyalty go hand in hand as he mourns the death of his father, mother,...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 4:34 pm UTC

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Describe how Daniel changes throughout the novel The Bronze Bow.

At the start of the story, Daniel is young, immature, and full of rage. He's profoundly dissatisfied with life under the Roman occupation and wants nothing more than to join with the zealots in...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 6:22 am UTC

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Why did the Jews wear tasseled robes?

Jews in antiquity, like orthodox Jewish people today, wore tassels, or "tzitzit," on the edges of their robes as a demonstration of their faith. There were a number of reasons for this. In the book...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 7:14 pm UTC

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What are the summaries of all the chapters in The Bronze Bow?

Here are the main events of each chapter of The Bronze Bow. 1: Daniel meets the young twins, Joel and Malthace, on the mountain and they discuss the Messiah. 2. Rosh’s band ambushes a passing...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 9:20 pm UTC

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Why does Daniel disagree with what Joel wants to give up in The Bronze Bow?

In the book, Joel wants to give up his rabbinical studies in order to fight alongside Daniel. Although Daniel tells Joel that Rosh is no longer their leader, Joel insists on giving up his studies....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020 8:33 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between Daniel and Joel throughout the novel The Bronze Bow?

Daniel and Joel are both committed young zealots, determined to drive the hated Roman occupier out of Israel. They both display considerable courage throughout the story, showing a willingness to...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018 9:11 am UTC

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How does Samson prove that he is not stupid in The Bronze Bow?

In the story, Samson is a slave who performs heavy labors for the rag-tag band of rebels. The rebels often poke fun at Samson because of his apparent lack of mental ability. Because Samson is...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020 8:41 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the beliefs of Jesus and Rosh in "The Bronze Bow".

Rosh is a Zealot, which means that he wants to rid Israel of the Romans and establish once again a Jewish kingdom, as in the days of David and Solomon. He will go to any means to achieve this,...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008 3:38 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, what does Daniel think his vow really means?

Daniel makes three vows during the book: one to himself, one with Joel and Thacia to God, and a repetition of the second vow to Jesus. His first is made at the age of eight, when he witnesses his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2013 3:01 am UTC

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How do Daniel's parents die in The Bronze Bow?

Just a bit to add to tthaker's correct answer. Daniel's mother died not only from grief, but also from exposure, probably from pneumonia. The deaths of Daniel's parents have additional health...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2007 8:02 am UTC

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What is the main conflict in The Bronze Bow?

The main external conflict between Daniel and the Romans induces a profound internal conflict within the young man's soul. Despite being thoroughly determined to drive the hated Roman oppressor...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019 6:15 am UTC

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Where is Ketzah on a map of the Middle East?

Ketzah is an imaginary village that is said to be located on the Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee, a large freshwater lake, is located in the State of Israel/Occupied...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, how are Leah and Samson similar characters?

Throughout The Bronze Bow, Samson and Leah have several similarities. Both individuals are loyal, innocent, and talented. Samson not only obeys Daniel, but also helps and protects him throughout...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 4:59 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why didn't Daniel want to return to his village?

After his father and uncle are killed by the Romans, Daniel devotes his life to fighting the Romans. Alongside the Roman occupation of Israel, Daniel had been sold into slavery to a local...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 8:45 pm UTC

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How is Daniel helped by Jesus in The Bronze Bow?

When the story starts, Daniel is an emotionally-barren young man driven entirely by his hatred of the Romans. His memories of his happy home life are vague, and his devotion is to Rosh, the bandit...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 10:21 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, what is the result of the deaths during Joel's rescue?

Daniel and his twenty men ambush the Roman soldiers who are transporting Joel. However, since they are not well-trained and fewer in number, the ambush quickly goes wrong. Samson changes the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013 11:26 pm UTC

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Who is Rosh in The Bronze Bow?

Rosh is the leader of the band of zealots who live in the mountains of Galilee. Rosh and his rebels plan on one day overthrowing the Roman authorities, which control their homeland. Initially,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2017 2:55 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3 of The Bronze Bow, why does Simon come to visit Daniel?

By this stage in the story, Daniel has broken free from his life at the forge to become an outlaw. The lifestyle agrees with him, and he has no intention of going back to the village. Simon,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 6:53 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, does Daniel's vow to fight for Jesus contain flaws?

The Bronze Bow is a historical young-adult novel by Elizabeth George Speare set in the time of Jesus. Daniel, whose family is killed by the Romans, does not vow to fight for Jesus, as he does not...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2015 6:33 pm UTC

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What does Hezron believe about the establishment of God's kingdom? How do Joel and Daniel's opinion about the...

In Chapter 5, Daniel is invited to eat dinner with Hezron and his children. Daniel makes several remarks chastising the Jewish people for living peacefully under Roman occupation. Hezron agrees...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 1:21 pm UTC

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Describe each character from "The Bronze Bow" with at least 3 characteristics and examples:  Daniel, Rosh,...

Daniel is the main character of the story. He has “bold features, a sun-browned skin, and dark eyes.” He is kind, for he abandons his fellow rebels to take care of his frail sister. He cares deeply...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018 4:01 pm UTC

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Describe Daniel's home on the mountain in The Bronze Bow.  

In the beginning of The Bronze Bow, Daniel, the protagonist, lives in the mountain camp of Rosh, who leads a band of men dedicated to overthrowing Roman rule. Daniel's mountain home is rustic, but...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 2:07 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why does Daniel become angry when Leah asks what will happen to her when he marries?

When Daniel was living on the mountain with Rosh, he had one concern only in his life, and that was to defeat the Romans. However, when he moves back to the village, and as he gets to know Joel and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why had Daniel run away to the hills?

Daniel is sold into slavery by his grandmother after his father is crucified. Daniel initially runs away from his hometown of Ketzah in order to escape his life of slavery under Amalek the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 4:18 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, how does Daniel's view of Rosh change during Chapter 18?

Daniel initially joined with Rosh because he thought the bandit leader could offer him something that he desired: revenge. Daniel assumed that Rosh was working for the cause of freeing Israel from...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 10:46 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why is Daniel homesick while he visits with his grandmother and Leah?

After living with the outlaws on the hill for so long, Daniel is unable to reconnect with his own family. His grandmother is older than he remembers and his sister is agoraphobic and almost doesn't...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 11:34 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, given the following quote, why does Daniel pick up the Roman pack? "But, the man didn't live who...

This quote occurs when Daniel and Thacia are in the city, giving Joel an alibi while he puts one of his plans into motion. While there, they run across two Roman soldiers; since Thacia is dressed...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013 9:23 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title of The Bronze Bow?

The Bronze Bow refers to a passage in one of the Psalms, religious songs and verse attributed to King David. In Psalm 18, the songwriter speaks of having God give him the strength to "fight, and...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

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Why was Daniel's father crucified in "The Bronze Bow"?

Daniel's father was the overseer of the vineyards. He had a brother, "younger than he was, and they were very close". When this brother, Daniel's uncle, had his first son, he did...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2008 2:26 pm UTC

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Where in the Bible is The Bronze Bow to which the book's title refers?

The title refers to the bow symbol used by Daniel, Joel, and Thacia in Chapter 7 that is also found in Psalms 18:34 in the Bible. Daniel has lived most of his life with hatred for the Romans. His...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2017 10:14 am UTC

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Who is Malthace in Elizabeth Speare's "The Bronze Bow"?

Malthace, also known as Thacia or Thace, is Joel's sister and the leading female figure in Elizabeth Speare's novel The Bronze Bow. Thacia is portrayed as a beautiful, intelligent, intense young...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018 12:53 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, who does Simon take Daniel to the synagogue to see?

Simon is an old friend of Daniel's, and one of the blacksmiths from which he learned some of his trade. He brings Daniel back to the village for the first time in years, and although Daniel is...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 10:06 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow,when does Daniel make a vow of revenge against the Romans?

Daniel's quest of revenge is his driving force, and the main reason that he allies himself with Rosh. He believes that he is entitled to his revenge because his father and uncle have been killed,...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 6:47 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, what is the plot and resolution of the story?

The plot is driven by the personal quest of Daniel, who lose his father and uncle to the Romans and is seeking revenge. Daniel wishes to help the bandit leader Rosh build an army to drive the...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013 10:43 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, what does Joel read to Daniel and Thacia?

Joel reads to Daniel and Thacia from the Book of Enoch. Joel is a rabbinical student and has studied the ancient scriptures in depth. When Daniel is wounded and is in hiding in Joel's and...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009 1:29 am UTC

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What are some major themes of The Bronze Bow?

The most important theme is that of forgiveness and love. Daniel is entirely ruled by his emotions and his need for revenge; he is driven by anger and not thinking about the larger consequences of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 9:27 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why is Simon convinced that Jesus is the Messiah?

Simon is a zealot, working towards the cause of Israeli freedom. However, in contrast to Daniel, Simon's work is in knowledge and love, not in violence. Daniel wants revolution; Simon wants peace...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 7:56 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why is Rosh angry that Samson left the cave without permission?

When Daniel returns to the cave after a prolonged absence, he notices that Samson is not present. Usually, the giant is the first to greet him, as Samson believes he owes his life to Daniel....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 6:34 pm UTC

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What is the quote on page 195 of The Bronze Bow about Rosh?

The topic of debate on page 195 of my copy of The Bronze Bow, the 1961 Houghton Mifflin publication, is Rosh's habit of stealing from the poor peasants to support his band of warriors. The...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2010 9:44 am UTC

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How did the village of Ketzah get its name?

Ketzah is the Hebrew name for black cumin, which was thought to have medicinal properties to detoxify the body of various ailments, as well as cosmetic properties to smooth and beautify the skin...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2007 10:49 pm UTC

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What are four events that happen during the rising action in The Bronze Bow?

After the inciting incident, where Daniel meets his childhood acquaintance Joel in the mountains outside the village, the rising action begins. Daniel and Joel participate in Rosh's raid on a...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 6:02 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, what is the same end toward which Simon and Rosh are working?

Like Rosh, Simon wants to see Israel liberated from the Roman occupier. Unlike the bandit leader, however, he believes that true liberation will only come from following in the footsteps of Jesus....

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 6:11 am UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, why does Simon the Zealot visit Daniel for the first time?

When Daniel meets Joel and Thacia at the beginning of the book, Joel becomes enamored with his outlaw life, and takes a message back to Simon, one of Daniel's old friends and fellow slave at the...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 11:27 pm UTC

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