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. In Tevye's dream, Grandmother Tzeitel calls Motel a _______________.

2. When Chava and Fyedka find themselves alone, what does Fyedka say to her?

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

4. Chava is reluctant to take the book Fyedka offers her. In the end, she _____________.

5. What is Motel's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. By the end of Tevye's dream sequence, what helps Golde to give up on the idea of Tzeitel marrying Lazar and accept that she is to wed Motel instead?

2. Even though the family is poor, why does Golde gladly allow more people to join them for the Sabbath meal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Tzeitel take the news that she is to be married to Lazar Wolf?

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

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

Describe the tenuous friendship between Tevye and the constable.

1. Explain how the fiddler on the roof serves as a perfect representation of what this friendship is built upon.

2. Discuss how each of the following figures into this unusual friendship: Humor, caution, trust, betrayal.

Essay Topic 3

A great deal of information is revealed through the songs of Fiddler On The Roof.

1. Explain the importance of the songs in this play.

2. Give examples describing how songs provide additional information to show the bigger picture.

3. How do some of these songs bring the villagers together?

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