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. Which is not one of the items mentioned as wares of the salespeople in The Competitors?

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

3. Why is there a sudden influx in the population of Boiberik in Shprintze?

4. How much money does Menachem Mendl want Tevye to invest in the stocks in Chapter 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Diamond Dealer describe the thief?

2. How does Moyshe-Nachman regard the affair of the arrest of his brother-in-law?

3. How does the narrator of High School describe his wife?

4. How do Moshke's neighbors respond when his store burns down a second time?

5. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

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

7. How does Moshke like to celebrate?

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

9. What is the misconception about the topic of conversation in Eighteen from Pereshchepena?

10. Describe the appearance of Motek.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How is the theme of greed displayed in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories"? Use at least three textual examples to show what commentary Aleichem is making about this theme.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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