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. Why is Tevye expelled from the village in Lekh-Lekho?

2. How much did Tevye get paid to drag logs from the forest to the train station every day?

3. Who does Tevye blame primarily for the loss of his small fortune?

4. What do Tevye and his wife decide to buy with their reward from the rich Jew?

5. Who does Tevye sell his house to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Beilke agree to marry Podhotzur even though she does not love him?

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

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

6. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

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

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

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

10. What type of welcome does Tevye receive when he goes to visit Beilke and Podhotzur after they return from their honeymoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aleichem utilizes the literary tool of irony extensively throughout "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories". Using at least three textual examples, describe how Aleichem utilized irony to establish themes, strengthen characterizations and add humor.

Essay Topic 2

How can the plot of Tevye and his family be seen as a paradigm of the fate of the Russian Jewry around the turn of the century?

Essay Topic 3

How is the relationship between Jews and Christians described in the book, and what theme arrives from the comparison of the two different religions?

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