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alysondev11 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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In Letters from Rifka, what questions do that authors ask and to what extent do the authors answer the questions?

Is this question refering to what Rifka asks to her cousin Tovah throughout the novel, and how her questions in her letters later get answered by the author? And what are some examples of this?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:49 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book Letters from Rivka, Rivka and her family try to go to America by boat.  Before they can board the ship they must undergo numerous physical inspections and health checks.  Rivka has ring worm and is not allowed to go to America.  Her parents are allowed to go as well as her brother.  Rifka has to stay in Warsaw.  She writes to Tovah asking "What should I do?  I hold the worst news in my heart?  Whatever shall I do?

Rifka has to remain in Warsaw where she can undergo treatment for ring worm.  He hair is shaved and she has medication.  She feels like an orphan.  The Hebrew Immigration society lady takes her to Belgium.  Eventually the issues are resolved and Rifka gets to immigrate to America.  It takes awhile but she is reunited with her parents and brothers.

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