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

2. The village matchmaker, who has been a widow for a long time, claims that a bad husband:

3. While Tevye is introducing his family to Perchik, Motel arrives. What does Tevye say about Motel?

4. When a beggar gets only one coin this week, he complains that he got two coins the previous week. The donor explains he had a bad week, to which the beggar replies:

5. What does Perchik teach Hodel that he says he learned in Kiev?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Golde frantic when she locates Tevye to talk about Chava?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the wedding ceremony end?

8. As the wedding ceremony takes place, what do Tevye and Golde sing about?

9. How does Tevye respond to the news the constable gives him right after he agrees to Lazar marrying Tzeitel?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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