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

2. Tevye tells Golde that in his dream, Grandmother Tzeitel looks pretty good considering that she's _____________.

3. How does Act 1, Scene 5 end?

4. In the lesson that Perchik tells Tevye's daughters about Laban and Jacob, what does Laban do?

5. Despite how the villagers feel about Motel and Tzeitel's upcoming wedding, what do they say to Motel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What work arrangement does Perchik make with Tevye?

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

3. Why does the matchmaker feel that the shoemaker's daughter is a perfect match for someone in particular?

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

5. How does the wedding ceremony end?

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

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

8. As Yente compliments Golde's daughters while they prepare for the Sabbath, what does she say about having a husband?

9. As Yente, the matchmaker, makes her way to Golde's house while the family prepares for the Sabbath, why does Tzeitel complain?

10. Why is Motel reluctant to talk with Tevye about his love for Tzeitel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Provide three examples showing how traditions are changing in Anatevka.

1. What serves as a catalyst for change in each case?

2. Does each change benefit anyone? Explain.

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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