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 happens mid-week at the bakery?

2. What is Gimpel's response to Elka's wedding night claims?

3. What is evident when Gimpel visits Elka?

4. What is Gimpel's defense against being called foolish?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Spirit of Evil say about God and the afterlife?

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

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

4. Who is the second person to appear to Gimpel while he is sleeping, and how does that person look?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Elka say about the child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the theme of faith and mysticism versus free thought and doubt, and how they are relevant within the story. Be sure to use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Explain and explore Gimpel's role as an outcast. Is he or is he not? Choose a side and argue for or against.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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