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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. On what subject matter does the mashpia teach?

2. After feeling unable to correctly tint the shadows of Rivkeh's cheek with a pencil, Asher uses what object to create the color of shadow?

3. Who does not come to the Lev home on Sundays, leaving Rivkeh and Asher to fix lunch for themselves?

4. In Chapter 2, Rivkeh tells Asher about the ancient, tragic event of the burning of what city's library?

5. Aryeh and Asher wear what type of traditional hairstyle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Aryeh's reaction to Stalin's death with Yudel Krinsky's reaction.

2. In Chapter 6 as Rivkeh and Asher adjust to life on their own, Rivkeh begins to talk about her grief over Yaakov's death. Which people in her life died prematurely, and how did she feel when that happened?

3. When talking with Asher about Vienna, what does Yudel Krinsky imply when he quotes, "honor your father and mother"?

4. How does Aryeh react to the Rebbe's decision to allow Asher to study under Jacob Kahn?

5. What happens to the Russian writers? How do the Levs react?

6. Describe Rivkeh's reaction to her loved one's death.

7. What does the mashpia do at Asher's school?

8. Why does Rivkeh want to enter the university?

9. Explain the class's and the teacher's reactions to Asher's drawing in a Chumash. Why do you think they react in this way?

10. What does Asher know about his paternal grandfather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Asher hears about the conditions in which Russian Jews are living, he feels the need to ask Yudel Krinsky many questions about Siberia. The answers to these questions contribute to Asher's growing fear of leaving his Brooklyn street. Write an essay that describes what is happening in Russia and Siberia during the time of this novel, including as many of the novel's details as you can remember, and compare and contrast the characters' reaction to those evens. For example, how does Aryeh's reaction differ from Asher's? With whose opinion do you most sympathize?

Essay Topic 2

The book does not directly address Asher's love life, but it does offer hints, such as Asher's mention of "greetings" with a girl in Paris. In the Ladover community, marriages are arranged through families, although the bride and groom may also offer their consent. Describe Rivkeh's talking to Asher about the possibility of finding a wife. How does Asher handle this discussion? How do you think Asher would unite his duties to art with his duties to a potential wife and children? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

How does religion affect the daily lives of the Lev family? Provide some examples of the way they think about God throughout the day, remembering to include a discussion of their activities, their conversation, and their world views.

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