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. According to the narrator in Book 5: "An Announcement," who "would argue that once the dining room's doors were opened, after a brief moment of confusion the better natures of the men would prevail, and their predisposition to reason would lead them to a fair and orderly process of seat taking"?

2. At precisely what time do the doors open for the special dinner in Book 5: "An Announcement"?

3. What is the name of the "Goliath" that tends to the solitary man in the separate dining room in Book 3: "An Alliance"?

4. How old is the Count when Sofia comes into his care?

5. What is the name of the Count's sister whose portrait hangs in his study?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the setting of the hotel bar changed in Book 3: "Absinthe"? Why has it changed?

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

3. Why does Osip Ivanovich Glebnikov come to speak with the Count in Book 3: “An Alliance”?

4. Why does the Count borrow Anna's suitcases in Book 3: “Ascending, Alighting”?

5. Why does the Count return to the Italians' room a second time in Book 5: “Arrivederci”? What happens when he does?

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

7. How has the process of taking orders changed at the Boyarsky in Book 4: “1953: Apostles and Apostates”?

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

9. What does the Count take from the barber shop in Book 5: “Achilles Agonistes”? How does he manage this feat?

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 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of cultural change in A Gentleman in Moscow. How does the author develop this theme through characters? How is it developed through setting? What statement is the author making regarding cultural change?

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