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. How does Sara keep her new apartment after she becomes a teacher?

2. How do the salespeople treat Sara when she buys clothing from them after graduating college and becoming a teacher?

3. Why does Shenah not approve of Sara living on her own and taking night classes?

4. What type of coat does Mrs. Feinstein want?

5. Where does Max Goldstein say real estate is booming?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sara tell her mother that she can not come visit her in Chapter 11?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Reb choose to marry Mrs. Feinstein?

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

8. How does Sara feel about her surroundings when she first goes to college?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Hugo Seelig is different from many of the men Sara meets in Bread Givers. He is intelligent, understanding, and kind. He also values Sara's education and profession when others do not. Write an essay explaining the things that make Hugo Seelig so special. Why is Sara so drawn to him when she meets him? How does he help her out? How is he different from other males in the story? In what way does being a principal strengthen his character and give him values other characters lack? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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