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

2. What happens when Sara cleans the window in her her dingy apartment and sticks her head outside?

3. How much money does Reb spend on the business he buys?

4. What is the name of Morris Lipkin's collection of poems?

5. Why does Sara storm out of Mashah and Moe's home in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Reb find in the store after he, Sara, and Shenah have gotten the chance to go through the stock?

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

4. How does Bessie react to the news that Berel Bernstein will not marry her?

5. Why do men follow Mashah around with "melting looks?"

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

7. Why does Berel Bernstein decide to not marry Bessie?

8. How does Sara see Moe treating Mashah when she visits them after running away from home?

9. Who is Muhmenkeh?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

A good education is something that is valued very little by the characters in Bread Givers. Of the Smolinsky siblings, only Fania and Sara go to night school. Sara is the only one to ever graduate college. Write an essay explaining why education is not highly valued by characters in Bread Givers. How does gender play into the fact that education is not prioritized for women? Why is money of greater value than knowledge in the story? What types of skills are viewed as being more valuable than a good education? Why? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

The Smolinsky family spends a great amount of time worrying about their financial situation. In the beginning of the story, all of the older daughters are trying to work or find jobs to help support the family. Write an essay detailing the efforts the members of the Smolinsky family make to try and generate income for the family. Who works the hardest? Who works the least? How does Sara try her best to make money for the family? Use examples from the book to support your writing.

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