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. Why is Fania unhappy in her marriage?

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

3. What subject does Sara fail in both night school and college?

4. What color clothing does Sara wear during the years she goes to night school?

5. Who is the first person Reb tells about his new marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Max Goldstein look like?

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

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

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

7. Describe Mrs. Feinstein.

8. How does being around Max Goldstein change Sara?

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

10. How is Sara treated differently than the man behind her when she is getting beef stew at the cafeteria?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Bread Givers, women are often portrayed as fragile, weak, or unintelligent. Shenah is a loving woman who tries her best but is often overshadowed by the authority of her husband. On multiple occasions, Reb mentions how women are simple or not as good as men. Write an essay explaining why women are perceived as being weak in the context of the story. Which male characters talk down to female characters in the story? How do the attitudes of some of the characters cripple what little courage some of the female characters posses? How is religion used to convey the idea that women are somehow weaker than men? Use examples from the book to support your writing.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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