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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. At the end of Act 2, a distinctive sound is heard in the distance which the characters take note of. What sound is heard?
2. What, according to Trofimov, is peering out from every cherry tree?
3. In Act 2, why does Gaev say he must go to town the following day?
4. What do Lyubov and Varya mention in Act 2 that the peasants have been complaining about?
5. What does Lopakhim want Lyubov to do with the estate?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the setting of Act 2. What characters are in the opening of the scene, and what are they doing?
2. What class of people does Lopakhin represent? How is that illustrated in the play?
3. Explain the argument between Lyubov and Trofimov in Act 3.
4. What is the relationship between Dunyasha and Yepikhodov?
5. Trofimov is a character who speaks about philosophical ideals throughout the play. What are the concepts and ideals that he speaks about? What is his level of education? What does he feel about the other characters in The Cherry Orchard?
6. Who is Pishchik? How does he know the family? What request does he make to Lyubov repeatedly in Act 2?
7. Which character is the most "socialist?" How?
8. Where do the telegrams arrive from? What do they say?
9. What does Lopakhin suggest that Lyubov and Gaev do with the estate in Act 2? What is their reaction? How does Lopakhin feel about Gaev and Lyubov's reaction to his proposal?
10. What is suggested by Trofimov's haggard appearance?
Essay Topic 1
Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard is more complicated than many plays of his time. Unlike the "Well-Made Play," The Cherry Orchard has a more obscure plot and protagonist and antagonist. Who do you feel is the protagonist in The Cherry Orchard? Who is the antagonist? Why do you feel this way?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characteristics of Varya and Anya. How do they relate to each other and to other characters throughout the play? How are their appearances similar or different? Compare their outlooks on life, their philosophies and religious beliefs. What other characters in the play do they most reflect?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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