Fiddler on the Roof Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. At the start of the story, what does Tevye share with the audience about tradition?

Tradition maintains balance in his village, letting everyone know their roles. He does not know how these traditions were started, but it's important for people to follow them.

2. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter is a perfect match for someone in particular?

The shoemaker's daughter has very poor eyesight and can barely see. The person the matchmaker has in mind for her is not much to look at. She figures they'll be happy together because the woman won't notice or care that he's unattractive.

3. Describe the blessing the rabbi gives the Tsar as the story opens.

When the villagers ask the rabbi about a proper blessing for the Tsar, he's ready with an answer. He asks that God bless the Tsar and keep him away from the village.

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