Short Essay Questions
1. At the start of the story, what does Tevye share with the audience about tradition?
2. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter is a perfect match for someone in particular?
3. Describe the blessing the rabbi gives the Tsar as the story opens.
4. What does Tevye say regarding the Russians living in their village?
5. When we first meet Tevye's daughters, what do we learn about Chava?
6. As Yente, the matchmaker, makes her way to Golde's house while the family prepares for the Sabbath, why does Tzeitel complain?
7. As Yente compliments Golde's daughters while they prepare for the Sabbath, what does she say about having a husband?
8. When Motel stops by asking for Tzeitel as Golde and the matchmaker converse, why does the matchmaker become suspicious?
9. In Tevye's conversation with God about poverty and hardship, what does he say about being poor?
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