Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories 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. Where doe Beilke and Podhotzur go on their honeymoon?

2. How much money does Kivke request from Kaminka for a dowry?

3. According to Tevye, what is a "dog's age ago"?

4. What was Kivke sentenced to run the gauntlet?

5. Why do Beilke and Podhotzur leave for America?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Tevye plan to do when he finds that he is being expelled from the village?

5. What does Tsaytl beg her father for at the end of Lekh-Lekho?

6. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

7. What does Kivke threaten to do to Nissl Shapiro if he does not give him the 1000 rubles he requests?

8. How does the rich Jew respond when Tevye requests three rubles as a reward for bringing the two women in from the forest?

9. Describe the appearance of the man who suggests they "pass the hat around," in the Competitors.

10. Why does Ahronchik's brother offer Tevye money to Shprintze?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the point of view utilized by Aleichem in his stories. How does the type of narration and point of view affect the pacing of the plot and engage the reader? Make sure and specific textual examples to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

How does Aleichem utilize the literary technique of periphrasis throughout the novel to create believable narrators? How does this inclusion of periphrasis affect the pacing and tone of the stories?

Essay Topic 3

What type of dramatic or narrative structure does Aleichem utilize in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories"? How is this structure unique and how does it contribute to the establishment of themes?

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