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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens mid-week at the bakery?
(a) Gimpel is caught stealing bread.
(b) Gimpel gets fired from his job.
(c) Gimpel meets a new love interest.
(d) The oven bursts and almost causes a fire.

2. How does Gimpel rationalize Elka's behavior?
(a) "Anything is possible"
(b) "You can't live without errors."
(c) "She loves someone else."
(d) "I have done the same."

3. The morning after talking with the Rabbi, where does Gimpel go?
(a) To see the Rabbi again.
(b) To see the baker.
(c) To see Elka.
(d) To another town.

4. What does Gimpel say his foolishness consists of?
(a) He doesn't like people.
(b) He is stupid.
(c) He is easy to take in.
(d) He tells a lot of jokes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is evident when Gimpel visits Elka?

2. While Elka is in labor, what does she scream to Gimpel?

3. Who is the main character of the story?

4. How does Elka look when Gimpel visits her home?

5. Judging by Gimpel's description, how is Elka's current living situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What occurs during Gimpel's wedding?

2. Who does Gimpel visit the day after he returned home early from the bakery, and what is he told to do?

3. Does Gimpel believe Elka's wedding night excuse? Why or why not?

4. What does the rabbi's daughter tell Gimpel to do and why is this important?

5. Where does Gimpel go when he leaves Frampol, and who takes care of him?

6. After the birth, who does Gimpel go to for advice and what is said?

7. After much consideration, what does the rabbi say to Gimpel regarding Elka's infidelity?

8. Paraphrase the advice given to Gimpel by the rabbi.

9. At the end of the story, what mementos does Gimpel awaken with after dreaming?

10. Describe the messenger that Gimpel uses to send his family supplies during his separation from his family.

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