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

2. How are Elka's premarital demands met?

3. How does Gimpel feel about Elka's infidelity?

4. When does Gimpel receive his nickname?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. After claiming he has made a mistake about what he saw at home in Chapter 2, what must happen regarding the rabbi, and what is Gimpel allowed to do?

2. After the first childbirth, how does Gimpel feel about Elka and what does he do for her?

3. What does Gimpel rationalize about what he saw when he came home early from the bakery?

4. What does Gimpel say about his situation and what others would do if they were he?

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

6. What does Gimpel come to understand at the end of the story, and why?

7. After months of separation, who does Gimpel confront the day after his return and what is said?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Judaism lends a great deal to the intricacy of the story. How would the story be different without the religious aspect? How does Judaism specifically enrich the text?

Essay Topic 2

The story of "Gimpel the Fool" is largely effective due to its use of first person narrative. Define first person narrative and discuss why it works particularly well with this story. Also, consider the use of first person narrative in Gimpel the Fool and how would the story be different if :

Part A) The first person narrative was not Gimpel's voice.

Part B) The story was written in the third person.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the concept of forgiveness as it is used within the text. Who forgives, and why? What are the benefits of forgiveness? The drawbacks? Is forgiveness foolish? Or wise?

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