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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. Where does Max Goldstein take Sara on their first night out?
2. What type of build does Max Goldstein have?
3. What subject does Sara fail in both night school and college?
4. Who dies in Chapter 28?
5. Who is Mr. Martin?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Sara feel about her surroundings when she first goes to college?
2. Why is Shenah so weak when Sara sees her in Chapter 18?
3. Why does Sara tell her mother that she can not come visit her in Chapter 11?
4. Why does Sara choose to go to the freshman class dance at college?
5. Why does Sara burn a shirt while ironing in Chapter 11?
6. Why does Fania insist that Sara will become an old maid?
7. Why does Reb treat Sara so harshly after he finds out about her refusal to marry Max Goldstein?
8. Describe Sara's trip to the department store on Fifth Avenue.
9. Why does Mrs. Feinstein contact Sara at work and ask her to stop by her and Reb's place?
10. What items does Shenah bring Sara when she vists her at her apartment in Chapter 11?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A sort of bridging occurs between the "Old World" and the "New World" outlooks of characters in Bread Givers. Reb is "Old World" and therefore very traditional. Sara and Hugo Seelig are much more modern and "New World". Write an essay detailing the differences between the more traditional and more modern characters in Bread Givers. Why are these characters this way? What makes them more traditional or more modern? In which instances do these characters clash because of their differences in personality? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Love and marriage are subjects often brought up in Bread Givers. All three of Sara's older sisters are married off to men they hardly know. Sara's parents barely knew each other before they were married. Write an essay exploring the idea of arranged marriage in the context of the story. Why do Bessie, Fania, and Mashah feel powerless over choosing who they marry? Why do match makers and prearranged marriages exist in the context of the story? Which of the characters refuses to get married to a man she doesn't love? Use examples from the book to support your opinions.
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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