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. How does Golde react to the news the matchmaker delivers regarding the butcher?

2. Who stays behind to keep an eye on Motel's shop when he leaves for a few moments?

3. What news does the matchmaker deliver to Golde and her daughters regarding the butcher, Lazar Wolf?

4. When one of her daughters reminds Golde that Tevye works hard, what does Golde say?

5. When Yussel steps into Motel's shop to congratulate him for the upcoming wedding, what does Motel ask him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tevye ask God to help Tzeitel and Motel with?

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

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

4. How does Tevye respond to the information that Chava married Fyedka?

5. As people congratulate Motel on his upcoming wedding, why do their well wishes seem insincere?

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

7. When some of the villagers complain about the news they read and Mordcha ends up cursing the Tsar and the authorities, Perchik comes to the scene and questions them. Summarize that first conversation between Perchik and the villagers.

8. At the start of the story, what does Tevye share with the audience about tradition?

9. Several months after Hodel leaves for Siberia, the villagers are running around excited about a "new arrival." Describe this scene.

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

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

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 3

Golde and Tevye seem to fight all the time, but underneath the surface there is much tenderness they feel for each other.

1. Why do Golde and Tevye bicker constantly?

2. How does each character push the boundaries of the roles they are expected to follow?

3. How does the reader or the audience know that despite all the arguing, there is deep love in this relationship?

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