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. How does Gimpel begin to feel about Elka?

2. As a joke, what do the townspeople tell Gimpel has happened to his parents?

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

4. Gimpel is what?

5. After wanting to go home mid-week, who does Gimpel go to for advice?

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. What do the children of the world call Gimpel and ask him to do?

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

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

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

6. How long is Gimpel with Elka and how is their life?

7. What happens at the bakery and what does it allow Gimpel to do?

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

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

10. What is Gimpel's religion and how do we know this?

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

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

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?

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