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. How much money does the man from Kodny offer the professor to see his son?

2. What happens to Tevye the day after his meeting with Layzar that he sees as a bad omen?

3. What is the name of the coachman who took Kivke to Germany?

4. Why isn't the end of Kivke's story disclosed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the ailments of the happy man from Kodny's son?

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

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

4. How does Tevye react when he finds that Mendl has lost all of his money?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Tsaytl feel about the marrying Layzar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Sholem Aleichem's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure and discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice.

Essay Topic 2

How does Aleichem establish the theme of fate in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories", and how does concept of fate differ between different characters in the book?

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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