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. What kind of shop does Motel own?

2. What common interest do Chava and Fyedka share?

3. In the wedding scene, Tzeitel enters in her bridal clothes, followed by _________________.

4. Who stays behind to keep an eye on Motel's shop when he leaves for a few moments?

5. After Golde talks to Tevye about Lazar Wolf, what does Tevye agree to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What does Tevye ask of Hodel and of God as his daughter prepares to join Perchik in Siberia?

5. What happens after Tevye gives Lazar permission to marry his daughter?

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

7. Once the constable leaves after telling Tevye there will be some mild roughhousing by Russian soldiers coming up soon, what does Tevye say to God?

8. What ruse does Tevye come up with to convince his wife that their daughter Tzeitel is to marry Motel, the tailor, instead of Lazar, the butcher?

9. What does the new arrival turn out to be, and why is everyone excited about it?

10. Describe the scene as Tzeitel and Motel's wedding begins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Tzeitel's two suitors, Motel the tailor and Lazar the butcher.

1. Why does the village overwhelmingly think that Tzeitel would be better off with Lazar?

2. How does Motel prove to be a good husband?

Essay Topic 3

Do a character analysis on Yente, the village matchmaker. How does she stir things up for everyone in Anatevka? What does she represent on a larger scale?

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