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. Who is Mr. Martin?

2. Who does Reb marry in Chapter 29?

3. What is the first piece of clothing Sara buys for herself after her move?

4. What food item does Shenah bring Sara when she visits her at her apartment?

5. How do the girls at Sara's job treat her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sara not fit in with the rest of the girls on her first day of college gym class?

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

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

5. Why does Reb treat Sara so harshly after he finds out about her refusal to marry Max Goldstein?

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

7. Describe who Mr. Edman is and what he does for a living.

8. Describe Mrs. Feinstein.

9. Describe Sara's trip to the department store on Fifth Avenue.

10. What do Sara's sisters think of Reb's problem with his new wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters in Bread Givers are often dedicated to one sole task or purpose throughout the story. Write an essay explaining why certain characters in Bread Givers are dedicated to one element or another. How are these characters made distinctive and unique because of their desires in life? In what way or ways is their steadfast dedication used against them in certain circumstances? How is it used to their advantage at times? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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

Bread Givers concludes with Sara deciding whether or not to take Reb into her home. She is conflicted because of his behavior and the past conflicts they have shared. Write an essay exploring the reasons Sara has for being hesitant to take her father in. Why is she always the sibling who takes responsibility for Reb? Why can she never escape him? How was Reb's personality and outlook on life shaped by the men who came before him? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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