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. After the feast celebrating the birth of their child, what does Elka ask Gimpel?

2. What is evident when Gimpel visits Elka?

3. Does Gimpel believe Elka's story about the child?

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

5. What does Gimpel steal for Elka?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has Gimpel's career progressed over time?

3. What is Gimpel's living situation as a child?

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

5. What happens nine months after Gimpel and Elka are separated?

6. What does Gimpel see and hear at his house in Chapter 2, when he comes home early from the bakery?

7. What eventually happens to Elka and what does Gimpel do for her?

8. After righting his revenge plot, what does Gimpel do when he returns home?

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

10. When Gimpel goes home after months of separation, what does he see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Singer uses foreshadowing in the very beginning when Gimpel states that he does not consider himself a fool. Discuss foreshadowing as a literary tool and Singer's use of it within the text.

Essay Topic 2

It is arguable that while Gimpel wonders if his entire town has gone mad, he himself may be the one who is insane. Argue for or against Gimpel's sanity, citing examples from the text.

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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