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. Why does Tevye wake up in the middle of the night asking where Fruma Sarah is?

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

3. Once Tevye and Lazar agree to an arranged marriage between Lazar and Tzeitel, what do the men drink to?

4. In the lesson that Perchik tells Tevye's daughters about Laban and Jacob, what does Laban do?

5. When Tevye first offers Perchik a piece of cheese, why does Perchik decline?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tevye react after Hodel and Perchik tell him that they are engaged?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What does Tevye say regarding the Russians living in their village?

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

7. Summarize the story Perchik tells Tevye's youngest daughters while they peel potatoes.

8. How does Tevye react to Golde telling him that Lazar Wolf wants to talk to him?

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

10. In Tevye's dream sequence, why does Grandmother Tzeitel sing "Mazeltov" to him and Golde?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Motel, Perchik, and Fyedka, the men who marry three of Tevye's daughters.

1. Which one does Tevye seem to favor? Why?

2. What lessons does Tevye learn, directly or indirectly, from each of his sons-in-law?

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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