Fiddler on the Roof Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Golde and Tevye's daughters sing the "Matchmaker" song, which of the following is NOT part of the lyrics?

3. When Tevye asks Perchik how he makes money, what does Perchik say?

4. In the lesson that Perchik tells Tevye's daughters about Laban and Jacob, what does Laban do?

5. When Perchik states that girls should also learn, how does Mendel react?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tzeitel take the news that she is to be married to Lazar Wolf?

2. As people congratulate Motel on his upcoming wedding, why do their well wishes seem insincere?

3. How does Tevye react to Golde telling him that Lazar Wolf wants to talk to him?

4. Describe the confusion during the conversation between Tevye and Lazar at the inn.

5. What does Tevye say to the audience as he's thinking through his decision regarding Lazar's request to marry Tzeitel?

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

7. What does Tevye say regarding the Russians living in their village?

8. By the end of Tevye's dream sequence, what helps Golde to give up on the idea of Tzeitel marrying Lazar and accept that she is to wed Motel instead?

9. What does Yussel say when Motel asks if he has a wedding hat for him? How does Motel reply?

10. What does Tevye ask God to help Tzeitel and Motel with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Tevye and Golde's five daughters. How does each one break the traditional mold?

Essay Topic 2

Even though tradition is important to Golde, she puts family first. Using examples, show how Golde serves as the one who keeps the family united.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the unfair eviction of the Jews from their village, Anatevka, turns out to be a second chance for them in disguise.

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