The Beginning of Spring Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 room does the bear begin to tear apart?

2. What is Lisa employed in at Muirka's?

3. In Chapter 13, what does Selwyn have concern about?

4. What is Frank doing when he receives the letter from Nellie in the opening chapter?

5. Where does Frank meet Kuriatin to discuss the issue when he fails to provide the wood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Subsequent to his questioning by the Security Police, while walking with Volodya after they exit the Ministry of Defense in a brief discussion, Frank spots something across the square that prompts him to do what next?

2. How does Penelope Fitzgerald set the stage for Lisa's and Dolly's mysterious encounter in the woods surrounding the Reid dacha?

3. What happens regarding the wood Kuriatin is supposed to be delivering to repair the machine room floor at Reid Press?

4. What does the reader learn of Frank's background in the opening chapter?

5. What noticeable change is there in Nellie's attitude once she arrives in Moscow?

6. What steps does Frank take to retrieve his children after receiving a phone call from the Alexander Station?

7. Why is it reasonable to describe the midnight scene in the woods surrounding the Reid dacha as the most mysterious in the novel?

8. What custom does Lisa partake in on the day prior to Palm Sunday that surprises Frank?

9. What is it Selwin seeks to tell Frank at Rusalochka's, but is hesitant to do so in front of Kuriatin?

10. What are the various members of the Reid household staff doing upon Frank's arrival home after collecting his children at the station master's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the real motive behind Volodya breaking into Reid Press? How does Frank learn the true reason? What is it Volodya detests the thought of? What impression has Volodya made upon Lisa?

Essay Topic 2

What does Dolly ask of her father the day before Charlie arrives? What are Frank's reply and his reason given? What does it turn out is the true motivation for denying the children? What information does Frank obtain upon meeting Charlie?

Essay Topic 3

Talking with Selwyn in Chapter 20, Charlie notes that Dolly is adept in the kitchen. Selwyn replies that if adult women and men live simply, doing tasks as the need arises, their children will soon seek to join in. Why does Charlie make the comment about Dolly initially? Following Selwyn's response, why is it Charlie then asks if he thought Nellie lived simply? Why does Selwyn offer no reply?

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