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

Joseph Stein
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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. When Grandmother Tzeitel praises Motel as the chosen husband for young Tzeitel, what does Golde say?

2. Before coming to the village, Perchik was a university student where?

3. What does Perchik teach Hodel that he says he learned in Kiev?

4. The wedding of Tzeitel and Motel concludes with ________________.

5. How do the villagers feel about the news that Tzeitel will be marrying Motel instead of Lazar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Tevye and Lazar react once they realize they've been talking about two completely different matters?

2. How does the wedding ceremony end?

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

4. Why is Motel reluctant to talk with Tevye about his love for Tzeitel?

5. When Motel stops by asking for Tzeitel as Golde and the matchmaker converse, why does the matchmaker become suspicious?

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

7. After Perchik has a conversation with the angered villagers, he and Tevye talk. Summarize the conversation they have surrounding a piece of cheese.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain how the times when Tevye speaks to the audience, and also to God, work well to advance the story in the absence of a narrator.

Essay Topic 3

The Jews and the Russians represent two very different worlds trying to live together in a small, remote village.

1. Describe the attempts each group makes to reach out to the other.

2. Why is the relationship between the Jews and the Russians doomed in the end? Is this outcome evident from the beginning? Explain.

3. How does the forbidden relationship between Chava and Fyedka offer a small sliver of hope in the end?

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