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. At the start of Act 1, Scene 2, Tevye enters pulling a cart. He addresses God, asking what?

3. When Chava and Fyedka find themselves alone, what does Fyedka say to her?

4. What common interest do Chava and Fyedka share?

5. In the "Tradition" song, each daughter is prepared to marry ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where are some of the main characters headed to since they are forced out of their village?

4. Summarize the conversation Perchik and Hodel have regarding changing traditions.

5. As Yente compliments Golde's daughters while they prepare for the Sabbath, what does she say about having a husband?

6. 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?

7. How does Tevye respond to the news the constable gives him right after he agrees to Lazar marrying Tzeitel?

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

9. How does Golde initially respond to what her departed grandmother, Grandma Tzeitel, reveals to Tevye in his dream?

10. List some of the rumors Yente spreads after reading the letter Perchik sent Hodel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Golde and Tevye seem to fight all the time, but underneath the surface there is much tenderness they feel for each other.

1. Why do Golde and Tevye bicker constantly?

2. How does each character push the boundaries of the roles they are expected to follow?

3. How does the reader or the audience know that despite all the arguing, there is deep love in this relationship?

Essay Topic 2

How does humor ease the hardships the villagers experience on a daily basis? Write a detailed analysis using at least three examples.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the tenuous friendship between Tevye and the constable.

1. Explain how the fiddler on the roof serves as a perfect representation of what this friendship is built upon.

2. Discuss how each of the following figures into this unusual friendship: Humor, caution, trust, betrayal.

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