Gimpel the Fool Test | Mid-Book 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. What is Gimpel's reasoning for considering marrying Elka?

2. When Gimpel comes home over the weekends, what does Elka do?

3. When the Rabbi hears what Gimpel has said about Elka's infidelity, what does he say?

4. How are Elka's premarital demands met?

5. The morning after talking with the Rabbi, where does Gimpel go?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After months of separation, what is the first thing Elka asks Gimpel to do when she sees him, and why?

3. At the end of the story, what is Gimpel ready to do and how does he feel about it?

4. What occurs during Gimpel's wedding?

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

6. How is Elka abusive towards Gimpel?

7. What does Gimpel do to right his wrongful plot of revenge?

8. What does Gimpel ask of Elka when he first visits her at her house?

9. At the end of the story, who does Gimpel dream of, and how does he feel about it?

10. What does the second person he dreams of say to Gimpel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the concepts of truth and persecution as they are used in conjunction within the text. What is true to Gimpel? To the townspeople? To God? Which one perseveres, and why? Does truth inspire perseverance? Does one person's truth lead to another person's persecution?

Essay Topic 2

Define and explain the concept of The Wise Fool, and explain Gimpel as such.

Essay Topic 3

"Gimpel the Fool" questions the definition of truth. Compare and contrast what is true to the townspeople and what is true to Gimpel. Which version is actually true? Support your answer with examples from the text.

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