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 Tevye finds himself alone with the constable, what does the constable tell him?

2. Tevye explains that in his community, prayer shawls are worn as what?

3. What kind of shop does Motel own?

4. Which of the following is part of the Sabbath Prayer song?

5. Perchik teaches Shprintze and Bielke outside their home as they do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hodel defend Perchik as she and Tevye wait at the train station?

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

3. What does Tevye say to the audience as he's thinking through his decision regarding Lazar's request to marry Tzeitel?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter is a perfect match for someone in particular?

9. How do the villagers react to the shocking news the constable brings them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In trying to live up to their expected roles, many residents of Anatevka hide their true feelings from the world. Using supporting examples, explain how this is the case for the following characters:

1. Lazar Wolf, the butcher.

2. Motel, the tailor.

3. Chava, Tevye's daughter who loves to read.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the unfair eviction of the Jews from their village, Anatevka, turns out to be a second chance for them in disguise.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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