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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Firs say happened just before "the troubles?"
(a) An owl hooted and the samovar hissed constantly.
(b) The train arrived in the station.
(c) A black carriage pulled up to the estate.
(d) The slaves rioted.
2. Which character wears all black?
3. What becomes of Lyubov's lover?
(a) He inherits a fortune.
(b) He marries her daughter.
(c) He leaves her for another woman.
(d) He dies on the train.
4. Who arrives at the estate near the end of Act 2?
(a) A beggar asking for money.
(c) The Countess.
5. What does Firs refer to as "the troubles" during Act 2?
(a) The Emancipation.
(b) The onset of Communism.
(c) World War II.
(d) World War I.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the common complaint about Gaev?
2. What does Lopakhin call Gaev when storming out from the garden in Act 2, following their dispute about the estate?
3. Which character represents the dissolving upper class of turn-of-century Russia?
4. How old is Lyubov's son when he dies?
5. Who wears white throughout the play?
Short Essay Questions
1. Which character had a lover in Paris? What became of this situation?
2. What is the emotional state of Lopakhim in Act 3?
3. What class of people does Lyubov represent in the play? How?
4. Where do the telegrams arrive from? What do they say?
5. How is Russia compared with the rest of Europe throughout the play?
6. Describe Firs' character. What is his position at the estate? Is related to other characters in the play? How?
7. What does the sound in the distance (from Acts 2 and 4) symbolize?
8. Describe Yasha's character. What is his/her age? What is his/her demeanor? How does he/she relate to other characters in the play?
9. What will Anya do at the end of Act 4?
10. What is the irony of the landowners in The Cherry Orchard?
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