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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Tevye tells Golde that Grandmother Tzeitel appeared in his dream, what does Golde ask?
(a) How she looked.
(b) What she wanted.
(c) Why she appeared.
(d) How she was feeling.

2. When Perchik states that girls should also learn, how does Mendel react?
(a) He's shocked.
(b) He laughs uncontrollably.
(c) He agrees.
(d) He's deeply offended.

3. Lazar tries to convince Tevye to agree to a marriage between him and Tzeitel by explaining that he's well off and ________________.
(a) He'll take good care of her.
(b) He has a very big house.
(c) She wouldn't have to clean because he has a housekeeper.
(d) She'll have nice clothes and furniture.

4. What does Golde realize once Tevye finishes relating his nightmare to her?
(a) Tzeitel marrying Motel is for the best.
(b) Tevye made the whole thing up.
(c) Grandmother Tzeitel doesn't know what she's talking about.
(d) Lazar is a terrible man.

5. Hearing the news of the upcoming marriage, Russians who were sitting and drinking nearby bestow the following words upon Lazar and Tevye:
(a) Live long and prosper.
(b) Heaven bless you both.
(c) Enjoy everything.
(d) Be well and merry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Motel and Tzeitel have been friends since:

2. After the Sabbath, where does Tevye go to meet Lazar in order to talk to him?

3. Once Tevye and Lazar agree to an arranged marriage between Lazar and Tzeitel, what do the men drink to?

4. When Golde asks Tevye where his horse is, what does Tevye reply?

5. After Perchik explains where he came from, what does Mordcha sarcastically ask?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the mood at Tevye and Golde's house as everyone prepares for the Sabbath?

2. Once the constable leaves after telling Tevye there will be some mild roughhousing by Russian soldiers coming up soon, what does Tevye say to God?

3. As Yente, the matchmaker, makes her way to Golde's house while the family prepares for the Sabbath, why does Tzeitel complain?

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

5. How does Tevye respond to the information that Chava married Fyedka?

6. As Perchik and Hodel watch the wedding of Tzeitel and Motel unfold, what do they wonder aloud?

7. What is the audience led to believe in the scene where villagers are abuzz about the new arrival?

8. How does the wedding ceremony end?

9. Even though the family is poor, why does Golde gladly allow more people to join them for the Sabbath meal?

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

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