The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In "Gimpel the Fool," what does Gimpel learn on his wife's deathbed?

In "Gimpel the Fool," as Gimpel's wife is dying, he learns that all six of the children who have been born to his wife were fathered by other men.

2. For whom is a special tomb made in "The Gentleman from Cracow," and why?

In "The Gentleman from Cracow," a special tomb is made in the honor of Rabbi Ozer who tried to persuade his people to not consort with the stranger and who died while trying to put out the fire at the synagogue.

3. In "Joy," what does Bainish talk about with Reb Abraham?

In "Joy," when Bainish calls Reb Abraham Moshe to his house to talk, he mainly discusses his change in beliefs- mainly that there is no God, no justice, and no judge.

4. In "The Little Shoemakers," what happens when Abba gets to America?

When Abba from "The Little Shoemakers" gets to America as a war refugee, he is greeted by all seven of his sons and their families, and is brought into their established shoe making business and is heralded as the head of their group.

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