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

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

3. On what holiday does Hodl tell her father she is going away?

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

5. Why does Tevye think that Podhotzur has summoned him to his house after his marriage to Beilke?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the appearance of Ahronchik.

4. What good deeds do the manor owners of Kodny do for the poor?

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

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

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

8. How do people treat Tevye different when he become rich from his reward from the two rescued women?

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

10. Why does Tevye like Pertchik?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the theme of greed displayed in "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories"? Use at least three textual examples to show what commentary Aleichem is making about this theme.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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