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. What items are Podhotzur's house full of?

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

3. What question about Mendle does Tevye ask Golde after he leaves their home?

4. What do Tevye's Christian neighbors call him?

5. What is wrong with Itzikl Borodenko's daughter in The Happiest Man in All Kodny?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Tevye first learns of Chava's engagement, what does he do to take out his frustration?

2. How does Golde regard Menachem?

3. Describe the appearance of the two women Tevye meets in the forest in Tevye Strikes It Rich.

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

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

6. Describe the appearance of the man from Kaminka in Baranovich Station.

7. What causes the man from Pereshchepena to become irritated with the other two Jews?

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

9. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

10. How doe Tevye and Menachem spend their evening together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories", much focus is given to the issues of right versus wrong. Using specific characters and situations, discuss how Aleichem highlights this dichotomy and specifically how the idea of right versus wrong relates to being piously religious or irreligious.

Essay Topic 2

How does Aleichem draw attention to the generation gap between youth and their parents in this book, and what developments in the plot arise from the misunderstandings between generations?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of setting within "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories". Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of the themes and characters.

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