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

2. At the wedding, after the rabbi prays over a glass goblet of wine, what do Tzeitel and Motel do?

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

4. Tevye claims that without their traditions, the villagers' lives would be ______________.

5. Tevye's conversation with the constable reveals that _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. As people congratulate Motel on his upcoming wedding, why do their well wishes seem insincere?

2. Describe the conversation between Yente and Tzeitel regarding Perchik's letter.

3. After much drinking and merriment following Tevye's permission to Lazar to marry his daughter, what do these two say to each other about how they'll be related after the wedding?

4. Why is Hodel upset that Perchik is leaving for Kiev?

5. How does Hodel react to Perchik's interpretation of the Biblical story of Jacob and Laban?

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

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

8. Two months after Tzeitel and Motel's wedding, Tevye sits on a bench outside his home talking to God. What does he say about Tzeitel and Motel?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Tevye and Golde's five daughters. How does each one break the traditional mold?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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