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. Why is Chava in the priest's custody?

2. Why does Tevye end up staying in Russia instead of going to the Holy Land?

3. Who is Gorky?

4. What do Tevye and Layzar drink during their meeting in Today's Children?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the locomotive arrive with no train attached to it in The Wedding That Came Without Its Band?

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

3. How does the Diamond Dealer describe the thief?

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

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

6. Why does Tevye try to avoid having discussions with the town Priest?

7. Why does Moyshe-Nachman have to support Dovid's family in Go Climb a Tree?

8. How does the rich Jew respond when Tevye requests three rubles as a reward for bringing the two women in from the forest?

9. How does the mourning father convince the reluctant Jew to be the tenth man for their prayer group?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Aleichem use the literary tool of dialogue to introduce new characters and establish themes? Is he effective in its use, why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does Aleichem establish money as a literary symbol in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories" and what abstract meanings are represented by it?

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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