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 does Reb Nissl help Kivke avoid running the gauntlet?

2. Who wrote a letter for the happy man from Kodny to take to the professor?

3. Who is Gorky?

4. What do Tevye's Christian neighbors call him?

5. Why does Tevye think that Yankl should be fired as sexton of the Burial Society?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Tevye like Pertchik?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Tevye give Pertchik the nickname of Peppercorn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How can the character of Tevye be seen as an permutation of the biblical character of Job and how has Aleichem fostered this comparison through Tevye's experiences and outlook?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the point of view utilized by Aleichem in his stories. How does the type of narration and point of view affect the pacing of the plot and engage the reader? Make sure and specific textual examples to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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