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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Chvedka's profession?
(a) He is a soldier.
(b) He is a delivery boy.
(c) He is a scribe.
(d) He is a farmer.

2. Who suggests Podhotzur as a spouse for Beilke?
(a) Golde does just before she dies.
(b) The matchmaker Efrayim.
(c) Podhotzur approaches Tevye himself.
(d) Motl does, as he is a client of his.

3. Who takes care of Tevye after his wife, Golde dies?
(a) A hired housekeeper.
(b) His daughter Tsaytl.
(c) His daughter Beilke.
(d) His cousin.

4. What dishes of Golde's does Tevye call "heaven on earth?"
(a) Her pudding and poppy cakes.
(b) Her knishes and baclava.
(c) Her kreplach.
(d) Her borscht.

5. What is the name of the town the two women are trying to get to?
(a) Boiberik.
(b) Boreykh.
(c) Yehupetz.
(d) Velamalshin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What relationship do the saleswoman and the salesman on the train have in the Competitors?

2. What year does Tevye record it as being at the end of Hodl?

3. How was Chvedka educated?

4. What does Golde suggest that Tevye do in order to get the Priest to allow him to see Chava?

5. Why is Chava in the priest's custody?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Tevye initially want to take the two women he meets into the forest back to Boberick?

2. How does the narrator describe the appearance of the man and woman salespeople he encounters on the train in Competitors?

3. Why does Tevye give Pertchik the nickname of Peppercorn?

4. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

5. How does Tevye convince Golde that Tsaytl should marry Motl instead of Layzar?

6. How does Golde regard Menachem?

7. What good deeds do the manor owners of Kodny do for the poor?

8. Describe the table that is set for the two women, when Tevye brings them back to the dacha in Boberick?

9. How do people treat Tevye different when he become rich from his reward from the two rescued women?

10. Why does Tevye like Pertchik?

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