Letters from Rifka Test | Final 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 is remarkable about Rifka's appearance as as result of her illness?

2. What language does the person in #73 teach Rifka?

3. How does Rifka get to America after the ship is disabled?

4. Who is the couple who has taken Rifka into their home in Belgium?

5. What had Papa told Rifka to be prepared for at Ellis Island?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the passengers on board the ship fascinated by as they enter the New York harbor?

2. Who does the kind milkman remind Rifka of and how does she show her appreciation for his kindness?

3. What are some of the foods that Rifka comes to enjoy in Antwerp?

4. What does this section of the book show about Rifka's burgeoning maturity?

5. What does Rifka save up for to have specially made for herself?

6. What can Rifka see from her bedroom window in Antwerp?

7. Who administers Rifka's treatments in Antwerp and what else does this person teach Rifka?

8. What do Mama and Papa give to Rifka before they leave for the United States and she goes to Belgium?

9. Who is the young sailor Rifka meets on board the ship?

10. What terrible fate does Pieter meet during a big storm while aboard ship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion takes on an almost human persona in this book. What role does religion play in the lives of the characters? What disagreements occurred over religion? What decisions were made in the name of religion? Are there instances where unkind events happen in the name of religion? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

What important life lessons does Rifka learn from little Ilya? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

"Letters from Rifka" is a classic coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

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