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. Who steps into Motel's shop when he steps out for a few moments?

2. After teaching Tevye's daughters the story of Laban and Jacob, what does Perchik say is the moral of the story?

3. The wedding of Tzeitel and Motel concludes with ________________.

4. When Perchik states that girls should also learn, how does Mendel react?

5. Once Tevye and Lazar agree to an arranged marriage between Lazar and Tzeitel, what do the men drink to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize the conversation between Chava and Fyedka inside Motel's shop.

3. Why does Tevye not approve of Chava having a relationship with Fyedka?

4. What does the new arrival turn out to be, and why is everyone excited about it?

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

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

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

8. What does Tevye ask of Hodel and of God as his daughter prepares to join Perchik in Siberia?

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

10. In Tevye's dream sequence, why does Grandmother Tzeitel sing "Mazeltov" to him and Golde?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite his deep love for his daughter Chava, Tevye can't bring himself to accept her marriage. He can't bring himself to speak with her openly. The best he can do is utter a blessing under his breath. Do you feel his behavior is justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The Jews and the Russians represent two very different worlds trying to live together in a small, remote village.

1. Describe the attempts each group makes to reach out to the other.

2. Why is the relationship between the Jews and the Russians doomed in the end? Is this outcome evident from the beginning? Explain.

3. How does the forbidden relationship between Chava and Fyedka offer a small sliver of hope in the end?

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