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. Who does Tevye sell his house to?

2. What does Golde suggest that Tevye do in order to get the Priest to allow him to see Chava?

3. How does Reb Nissl help Kivke avoid running the gauntlet?

4. After the conversation with the other two Jews, what does the man from Pereshchepena do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

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

4. Why does Tevye like Pertchik?

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

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

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

8. How does Golde regard Menachem?

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

10. How does Tsaytl feel about the marrying Layzar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What type of dramatic or narrative structure does Aleichem utilize in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories"? How is this structure unique and how does it contribute to the establishment of themes?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does Aleichem reveal motives of protagonists in his stories? Using at least three different examples, discuss how Aleichem reveals the motives of the narrators and how those motives strengthen the characterizations.

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