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 Grandmother Tzeitel praises Motel as the chosen husband for young Tzeitel, what does Golde say?

2. With Tevye, Lazar, and other men roaming the streets drunk, the constable appears. What does he ask?

3. When Tevye and Lazar meet to talk, what does Tevye think they're discussing?

4. When Tevye asks Shprintze and Bielke if they want to take lessons from Perchik, how do the girls respond?

5. What is Motel's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Two months after Tzeitel and Motel's wedding, Tevye sits on a bench outside his home talking to God. What does he say about Tzeitel and Motel?

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

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

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

5. Describe the confusion during the conversation between Tevye and Lazar at the inn.

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

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

8. List some of the rumors Yente spreads after reading the letter Perchik sent Hodel.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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

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