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. Who is the child's favorite person?

2. What do Gimpel and Elka have in common?

3. When the Rabbi hears what Gimpel has said about Elka's infidelity, what does he say?

4. When Gimpel asks Elka about all the negative things he has heard about her and asks that she not be deceitful, what does Elka say?

5. What is Gimpel's objection to Elka's premarital requirement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Elka do on her wedding night and what is her reasoning for it?

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

6. Why is Gimpel called a fool?

7. How does Gimpel feel about the pranks that are pulled on him?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Gimpel the Fool" is often said to be a narrative of Jewish persecution throughout history. Explain this, and argue either for or against this opinion.

Essay Topic 3

"Gimpel the Fool" can be classified under several genres. Pick three, and, with supporting evidence from the text, discuss how the story could be classified under each genre.

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