A Gentleman in Moscow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Amor Towles
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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. On what day of the week does the Count go for his weekly trim at the hotel barber?

2. In Book 3: "Arachne's Art," the narrator asserts, "History is the business of identifying momentous events from the comfort of" what?

3. What is Anna Urbanova's profession?

4. What date is described in Book 3: "Arachne's Art" as "the launch of the First Five-Year Plan"?

5. On what date do the Count and Nina sneak into the balcony in Book 1: "An Assembly"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the changes in the past decade in Book 3: “Arachne's Art”?

2. Why does Mr. Halecki call the Count to his office in Book 1: “An Assembly”?

3. How is the Count's first encounter with the actress described in Book 2: “1923: An Actress, an Apparition, an Apiary”?

4. What are the Count's impressions of the Bishop when he first encounters him?

5. How is the Count's clock described in the narrative? Where was it obtained?

6. What are Emile and Andrey's positions at the Metropol?

7. How is Nina described when the Count first befriends her?

8. Why does the Count visit Marina's work room in Book 1: “An Assembly”?

9. What experiments is Nina conducting when the Count encounters her in Book 2: “1926: Adieu”?

10. What causes the conflict at the barber shop in Book 1:” An Appointment”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of the Bishop in A Gentleman in Moscow. What is the Bishop's position when he begins working at the hotel? What is his position at the end of the novel? Why does the Count refer to this character as "the Bishop"?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of finding purpose in life in A Gentleman in Moscow. In what ways is this theme embodied through the Count's character? How does the author explore this theme through symbolism, setting, and imagery?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of irony in A Gentleman in Moscow. How does the author employ irony for humorous effect in the novel? How is irony employed to develop suspense? What types of irony are seen in the novel?

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