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Who is Uncle Avrum?
The person that draws the guards away from Rifka in Berdichev

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What is Berdichev?
Rifka's family originates from this town

100

What is the main character? What is the protagonist?
Rifka's role in the story

100

What is Pushkin's book of poetry?
Rifka writes her letters to Tovah in this

100

What is Rifka's velvet hat?
prized possession purchased in Antwerp

200

Who is Karen Hesse?
The Author

200

What is Ellis Island?
Rifka is stranded on this island until the doctors send her back to Europe or let her join her family in New York.

200

What is first person perspective?
The point of view / perspective of the book

200

What is the H.I.A.S? (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
The organization that helped Rifka when she stayed behind in Europe while her family went to the U.S.

200

What is Tovah has a crooked back and isn't expected to need to attract a husband?
The reason Uncle Avrum doesn't offer Tovah piano lessons like her sister

300

Who is Hannah?
Tovah's little sister who takes piano lessons

300

What is on the train in Poland?
The place where Rifka contracts ringworm

300

What are conflicts?
Russians hate Jews. The family gets Typhus. Rifka contracts ringworm. The tempest at sea that kills Pieter.

300

What is a tempest?
the cause of Pieter's death (vocabulary word)

300

Who are Gaston and Marie?
The couple Rifka lives with in Antwerp, Belgium

400

Who is Ilya?
The young Russian boy Rifka cares for and teaches to read on Ellis Island

400

Where is Warsaw, Poland?
The city where Rifka found out that she would not be traveling to the U.S. with her family

400

What are themes of the story?
Prejudice, family loyalty, perseverance, and growth

400

What is toilet paper?
Rifka is terrified when Ilya wastes this

400

Who is Nathan?
The brother that deserted the military

500

Who are Saul, Nathan, Isaac, Asher and Reuben?
The names of all five of Rifka's brothers

500

Where is Antwerp, Belgium
The place that Rifka most enjoys

500

What is the climax of the story?
Rifka discovers that her hair has returned and she will be able to join her family in New York

500

What is Sadie Chenowitz?
The name of Isaac Nebrotz's wife

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What is Aaron?
The name of Rifka's baby nephew

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