Bread Givers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which clothing item does Mother want to buy for Sara with her wages?

2. What job does Sara have to support herself while she goes to night school?

3. What does Sara do when she finds out about the engagement?

4. Why did the family leave most of their valuable tools behind when they moved to America?

5. What is the name of Sara's older sister who only concerns herself with fashion and beauty?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Reb so angry with Sara at the end of Chapter 8?

2. Why does Sara insist that she wants to work?

3. What happens to Sara when she cleans her apartment in Chapter 10?

4. What does Sara's first apartment look like?

5. How does Mashah's behavior change when she falls in love with her young man?

6. How does Bessie's personality change after she marries Zalmon the fish peddler?

7. Why does Sara vow to marry an American-born man?

8. How does Reb react when he finds out how Morris Lipkin makes his living?

9. Why does Father get arrested and sent to court?

10. What are in the three packages Bessie brings home after work to dress up the house with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Food is often used to connect events throughout the story. Whether it be Shenah's cooking or the food in the cafeteria on Grand Street, the end result is the same. Write an essay detailing where and when food is used to connect events in Bread Givers. What does food symbolize? Shenah is known for making which dishes? The food at the Grand Street Cafeteria represents what to Sara and other working girls? Why is Mrs. Feinstein's cooking brought up as a subject at the end of the story? Use examples from the book to support your writing.

Essay Topic 2

The Torah is mentioned by Reb many times in Bread Givers. He uses it not only as a gateway for information, but as a source from which to preach. Write an essay explaining why the Torah is important to the story. What does it symbolize? In which situations does Reb use the Torah to try and educate his children? How is the Torah used to support the idea of religious fanaticism? Use examples from the book to support your writing.

Essay Topic 3

All of the members of the Smolinsky family are close because of their living conditions early on in the story. Family ties exist throughout the novel and are made example of in certain situations. Write an essay exploring the idea of family ties. How are they important in Bread Givers? Which characters attempt to break their ties with the family? How do they try and break them? Why? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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