Gimpel the Fool Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is Gimpel the Fool?

Gimpel the Fool is the main character and narrator of the story. He is a Jewish baker who is constantly teased by the fellow villagers of Frampol.

2. Why is Gimpel called a fool?

Gimpel is called a fool because he is easy to fool and play jokes on. He has been called a fool since he was a schoolboy and the name has simply stuck.

3. Describe a few pranks played on Gimpel.

As a child, Gimpel was tricked into thinking the rabbi's wife was giving birth and handed goat turds instead of raisins to give to her. Another time, he was barked at by what he thought was a dangerous dog only to find out it was a person. He was also told once that his parents had risen from the dead and were looking for him.

4. Describe the setting of Gimpel the Fool.

The story takes place in the town of Frampol, sometime pre-World War I. Frampol was a predominantly Jewish town in Germany.

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