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. Before Tevye arrives to talk with Lazar, the butcher orders what?

2. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter, who has poor eyesight, is a good match for a particular young man?

3. Where does Lazar say he sees Tzeitel every Thursday?

4. After Tevye thanks the constable for the privileged information, what else does he say?

5. When one of her daughters reminds Golde that Tevye works hard, what does Golde say?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Tevye gives Lazar permission to marry his daughter, the constable appears. Describe what transpires.

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

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

5. Summarize the story Perchik tells Tevye's youngest daughters while they peel potatoes.

6. As the wedding ceremony takes place, what do Tevye and Golde sing about?

7. How does Tevye react after Hodel and Perchik tell him that they are engaged?

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

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

10. In Tevye's conversation with God about poverty and hardship, what does he say about being poor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tevye tries to strictly adhere to tradition, but often his heart wins out, resulting in a compromise with tradition.

1. Describe the internal turmoil Tevye feels as he is pulled in opposite directions by tradition and by his heartstrings.

2. Cite examples where he reaches a compromise. How does he manage to follow his heart while keeping his honor?

Essay Topic 2

Select one character that goes through a major transformation from the beginning of the story to the conclusion.

1. How does he or she transform?

2. Does this transformation have greater ramifications in the village?

3. Is this individual a better person in the end because of the transformation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the traditional roles for the papas, mamas, sons, and daughters of the village.

1. For each group, describe what aspects of their specified role brings about a sense of discontentment.

2. Despite this discontent, why are the villagers reluctant to bring about change?

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