A Gentleman in Moscow Test | Final 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. What word is repeatedly used to describe Sofia's demeanor in Book 4: "1950: Adagio, Andante, Allegro"?

2. Sofia plays the music of what composer when the Count enters the ballroom in Book 4: "1950: Adagio, Andante, Allegro"?

3. What is described in Book 5: "An Announcement" as "one of the most intricate and purposeful constructions ever manufactured by man"?

4. How old does the colonel claim to be in Book 3: "An Alliance"?

5. In Book 3: "Adjustments" the narrator uses a simile in describing Sofia, saying, "When the Count served breakfast, she nibbled her biscuits like" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about the Yellow Room when the Count enters to serve the private party in Book 3: “An Alliance”?

2. What does Richard Vanderwhile solicit the Count to do in Book 4: “1952: America”?

3. What announcement is made by Malyshev in Book 5: “An Announcement”?

4. Why is the Count happy there will not be a pre-set seating arrangement for the meeting in Book 5: “An Announcement”?

5. Why is the Count upset when Sofia points out Anna at dinner in Book 4: “1952: America”?

6. Why does the Bishop summon the Count to his office in Book 3: “Antics, Antitheses, an Accident”?

7. How does Sofia describe her method of achieving mood with her piano playing in Book 4: “1950: Adagio, Andante, Allegro”?

8. Who arrives with an offer for Sofia in Book 4: “1953: Apostles and Apostates”? What becomes of this situation?

9. Why does the Count become upset when he first finds Sofia and Viktor in the ballroom in Book 4: “1950: Adagio, Andante, Allegro”?

10. Why is Mishka upset about removing the passage from the book he is editing in Book 3: “Ascending, Alighting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of interpersonal relationships in A Gentleman in Moscow. What are the major relationships that are formed in the course of the story? How do these relationships impact those who are involved in them?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Count's relationship with Nina. How do the Count and Nina meet? How old is Nina when she befriends the Count? What becomes of Nina?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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