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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After wanting to go home mid-week, who does Gimpel go to for advice?
(a) The baby.
(b) The farmer.
(c) The Rabbi.
(d) The baker.

2. Why are the townspeople afraid of Elka?
(a) She is bad luck.
(b) She is a murderess.
(c) She has a fierce tongue.
(d) She is prone to rages and hits people.

3. What is Gimpel's response to Elka's wedding night claims?
(a) He is resolute on being celibate.
(b) He has a headache too.
(c) He likes the idea of having two houses.
(d) Elka had the ritual bath yesterday, which happens after her monthly is over.

4. After the feast celebrating the birth of their child, what does Elka ask Gimpel?
(a) If he still loves her.
(b) Why he is silent.
(c) If he is happy.
(d) Why he isn't tired.

5. How are Elka's premarital demands met?
(a) Gimpel builds a new house.
(b) Gimpel buys a dog.
(c) The townspeople take up a collection.
(d) Gimpel takes a mistress.

6. What does the Rabbi eventually allow Gimpel to do?
(a) Eat everything he wants.
(b) Remarry.
(c) Send bread and money to Elka.
(d) Go back to work.

7. Who follows Gimpel to Elka's house?
(a) The townspeople.
(b) Gimpel's parents.
(c) The Rabbi.
(d) The Baker.

8. Who beats up on Gimpel?
(a) Elka.
(b) The townspeople.
(c) Elka's "little brother"/bastard.
(d) The baker.

9. What is the true relation of the person who lives with Elka?
(a) He is her cousin.
(b) He is her illegitimate son.
(c) He is her brother.
(d) He is her uncle.

10. Instead of raisins, what do the other children put in Gimpel's hand?
(a) Grapes.
(b) Prunes.
(c) Goat turds.
(d) Rocks.

11. Where does Gimpel want to go?
(a) Paris.
(b) To hell.
(c) Off to another town.
(d) Berlin.

12. What wedding gift made Gimpel suspicious?
(a) A shovel and a set of knives.
(b) A Bible.
(c) A crib.
(d) Arsenic.

13. Why does Gimpel have to live with someone other than his parents?
(a) His dad died and his mother didn't want him.
(b) Both of his parents died.
(c) He didn't like his parents.
(d) He was a bad child.

14. After rationalizing Elka's behavior, what does Gimpel begin to agree with Elka on?
(a) That Gimpel was hallucinating.
(b) That the sky is green.
(c) That Gimpel is a fool.
(d) That the baby is his.

15. Does Gimpel believe Elka's story about the child?
(a) He isn't sure.
(b) Yes, but he knows he can't tell fact from fiction, so really no.
(c) Yes.
(d) No.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the third person that Gimpel has to live with?

2. The morning after talking with the Rabbi, what does Gimpel say after he arrives at his destination?

3. Gimpel is what?

4. What does Gimpel say about his ability to fight back?

5. When people glare at the child, what does Gimpel do?

(see the answer keys)

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