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 is the name of the coachman who took Kivke to Germany?

2. Where does Tevye find his horse after he has eaten dinner at the rich man's dacha?

3. What was Kivke sentenced to run the gauntlet?

4. What request does Tevye make from Pan Sholem Aleichem at the end of Tevye Strikes It Rich?

5. What year does Tevye record it as being at the end of Hodl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Tevye like Pertchik?

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

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

7. How does Tsaytl feel about the marrying Layzar?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Aleichem utilize the literary tool of metaphor to establish the theme of good versus evil throughout "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories"?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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