The Cherry Orchard 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. On what date is the estate to go up for auction?

2. What does Gaev constantly eat?

3. Where does the Countess live, who is mentioned by Gaev in Act 2?

4. Who wears white throughout the play?

5. Why does Lyubov call everyone inside at the end of Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Dunyasha and Yepikhodov?

2. What is the irony of the landowners in The Cherry Orchard?

3. How does Varya feel about Yepikhodov? What does she do to show her feelings?

4. What is the emotional state of Lyubov at the beginning of Act 3? Why?

5. Describe the symbolism of the cherry orchard within the play.

6. Who buys the estate at auction? How did this come about?

7. Who is the comic relief in the play? How does this play out?

8. What is the relationship between Yasha and Dunyasha?

9. Who is involved in a "love triangle" in the play? How?

10. Who is the owner of the estate? What are the primary faults and/or character flaws of this character? Where has this character been prior to the beginning of the play? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters of Lyubov and Lopakhin are central to the action in The Cherry Orchard. Compare and contrast the characteristics of Lyubov and Lopakhin. How do their backgrounds affect who they are today? What do we know about them based on their appearances and their actions? How do their actions or in-actions affect the outcome of the play?

Essay Topic 2

The Cherry Orchard is set in Russia just after the turn of the 20th century and explores the themes of social upheaval. How does Chekhov's play represent the changing social climate in Russia? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

How do the themes of Romance and Realism play out in The Cherry Orchard? Which characters are "romantics" and which are "realists?" How do they show it?

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