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

2. As villagers sing "Sunrise, Sunset," Tevye asks, "Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the ... :"

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

4. After Tevye says to God, "I know we are the chosen people," what does he ask?

5. When Tevye tries to correct Grandmother Tzeitel on behalf of Golde, what does the grandmother say?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the wedding ceremony end?

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why does Tevye not approve of Chava having a relationship with Fyedka?

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

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

A great deal of information is revealed through the songs of Fiddler On The Roof.

1. Explain the importance of the songs in this play.

2. Give examples describing how songs provide additional information to show the bigger picture.

3. How do some of these songs bring the villagers together?

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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