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 honor and ritual is Gimpel responsible for at the birth celebration?

2. How does Gimpel begin to feel about Elka?

3. What does Gimpel say about his ability to fight back?

4. What does Gimpel say most men would do in his situation?

5. What falsehood do the townspeople tell Gimpel about Elka?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. While on her deathbed, what does Elka ask of Gimpel and why?

4. What does Elka say about the child?

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

6. How far does Gimpel go towards revenge?

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

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

9. Describe a few pranks played on Gimpel.

10. What does Gimpel feel and do for the baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gimpel states that he is called a fool because he is easily deceived. Explore the theme of deception throughout the text, questioning who is being deceived.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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