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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 does Lyubov say her husband died from?
2. What does Firs refer to as "the troubles" during Act 2?
3. Who says, "My father was a peasant, an idiot?"
4. How old is Lyubov's son when he dies?
5. How much is Gaev offered at the bank?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who performs magic tricks? What tricks does he/she perform? Where did he/she learn to perform them?
2. What is the emotional state of Lyubov at the end of Act 3? Why?
3. What does the sound in the distance (from Acts 2 and 4) symbolize?
4. Who is Charlotta? What is her position in the household? How is she described physically?
5. Explain the argument between Lyubov and Trofimov in Act 3.
6. What does Lyubov feel about her lover? How does she show her feelings?
7. What philosophical/social themes does Chekhov comment on in the play, The Cherry Orchard?
8. 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?
9. What is the emotional state of Lopakhim in Act 3?
10. What does Firs symbolize in The Cherry Orchard?
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
What does the setting of each act represent within the play? Why are there setting changes? What themes are revealed through the surroundings in the play?
Essay Topic 3
If The Cherry Orchard were produced today, what elements of the play would contemporary audiences most relate to? Why? What elements would audiences not relate to?
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