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. As everyone sings "Sunrise, Sunset" in the wedding scene, Golde says, "Wasn't it yesterday when they ... :"

2. Despite how the villagers feel about Motel and Tzeitel's upcoming wedding, what do they say to Motel?

3. Why are traditions important to Tevye?

4. What does Golde realize once Tevye finishes relating his nightmare to her?

5. At Motel and Tzeitel's wedding, who wonders if they'll be married one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the wedding ceremony end?

2. What work arrangement does Perchik make with Tevye?

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

4. Why is everyone taken aback when Perchik asks Hodel to dance at the wedding reception?

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

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

7. How are things made somewhat right with Chava in the end?

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

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

10. Why does an argument break out during Motel and Tzeitel's wedding reception?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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