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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. Kuriatin calls asking Frank to have dinner with him at what very noisy tea-room?

2. When the cheating overseer asks for his internal passport, what is Frank's response?

3. When Frank arrives where his children were said to be at, he is told they are now where?

4. What does Mitya give the dancing bear to drink at the party?

5. Although born and raised in Russia, Frank is viewed by everyone as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank do after they leave the Defense Ministry that apparently prompts Volodya to suggest they forgive each other, and how does Frank initially respond?

2. What takes place the morning before Charlie is to return to England and Frank is en route to catch the morning tram for work?

3. What transpires in Frank's and Nellie's lives between the time they marry and Frank's parents' deaths?

4. What does Frank do with the man he finds has broken into his business?

5. What significant background does the author provide regarding Selwyn Crane in Chapter 3?

6. What initially transpires when Charlie wires that he will be arriving in Moscow?

7. How is it that Frank learns the reason why in Chapter 26 the Defense Ministry not only releases him from responsibility for Volodya, but also encourages him to depart Russia at his earliest opportunity?

8. What are some ways Penelope Fitzgerald shows Frank knows how to deal with Russians?

9. The same evening of the morning Charlie accompanies Frank to the tram stop, how does he modify his request to take the children to England?

10. How does Mrs. Graham steer her conversation with Frank when he comes back to discuss Miss Kinsman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Chapter 22 reflect the aggressive nature the Russian bureaucracy maintains in this era? Why is it Frank appears to accept its intrusion in his life with equanimity when facing the Security Police, but in Chapter 6 it reflects his concern about the changes transpiring between the government and those governed, and the projected outlook for foreigners like himself?

Essay Topic 2

Penelope Fitzgerald displays Frank as a thoughtful and caring manager in Chapter 5. Yet it is in that very chapter that he lets Korobyev go. Is this not a contradiction? What does Frank tell Agafya, the tea women, when she begs for him to take Korobyev back on? Is Frank sympathetic and kind, or merely equitable?

Essay Topic 3

What is the interesting juxtaposition Chapter 16 reflects between traditions under which Reid Press has been operating, and the urgings of Bernov, the modern cost accountant? Explain the contrasts.

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