Bread Givers Test | Final 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 piece of jewelry did Reb promise Mrs. Feinstein?

2. How much does Sara pay to get into the freshman class dance?

3. Who does Reb eat all of his meals with in Chapter 29?

4. Where does Max Goldstein take Sara on their first night out?

5. Who disapproves most of Sara getting an education?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the girls at Sara's laundry job treat her cruelly?

2. How does being around Max Goldstein change Sara?

3. Why does Sara refuse Max Goldstein despite having feelings for him?

4. What does the letter from Fania to Sara say in Chapter 14?

5. Why does Fania insist that Sara will become an old maid?

6. How did Max Goldstein come into the business of running a department store?

7. Describe Mrs. Feinstein.

8. Why does Mrs. Feinstein contact Sara at work and ask her to stop by her and Reb's place?

9. Why is Shenah so weak when Sara sees her in Chapter 18?

10. Why does Sara see her graduation day from college as being bittersweet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Smolinsky family immigrated to the United States from Russia. They arrived with very little because they came with the expectation that anything they would need would be easily obtainable. Write an essay explaining how the fictitious and fantastical America contrasts with reality. Which character or characters thought that in America, things would cost nothing? How is living in America much more difficult than anticipated for the Smolinsky family? What challenges has the family faced since immigrating? Be sure the provide examples to support your writing.

Essay Topic 3

Reb is a character who dedicates most of his time to worship. He is a man of God who prioritizes reading, learning, and preaching over most anything else in life. Write an essay explaining how Reb's lifestyle often alienates those around him. Why do the members of his family feel that they are always living in his shadow? Which of the family members refuses to listen and obey Reb's preaching? Which of the family members often challenge the things he says? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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