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

3. At the start of Act 1, Scene 2, Tevye enters pulling a cart. He addresses God, asking what?

4. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter, who has poor eyesight, is a good match for a particular young man?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of Tevye's daughters?

Short Essay Questions

1. When we first meet Tevye's daughters, what do we learn about Chava?

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

3. What happens when Chava is left to watch Motel's shop as he steps out for a few moments?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Near the end of the story, what does the constable tell Tevye and the other villagers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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