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 tells Lazar that he always wanted a son but _______________.

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

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

4. When Tevye finds himself alone with the constable, what does the constable tell him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Summarize the conversation Perchik and Hodel have regarding changing traditions.

5. How do Tevye and Lazar react once they realize they've been talking about two completely different matters?

6. Describe the blessing the rabbi gives the Tsar as the story opens.

7. What is the mood at Tevye and Golde's house as everyone prepares for the Sabbath?

8. As Perchik and Hodel watch the wedding of Tzeitel and Motel unfold, what do they wonder aloud?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Select one character that goes through a major transformation from the beginning of the story to the conclusion.

1. How does he or she transform?

2. Does this transformation have greater ramifications in the village?

3. Is this individual a better person in the end because of the transformation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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

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