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. What, according to Trofimov, is peering out from every cherry tree?

2. Which character implies the precursor to socialist thought in Russia?

3. What is the setting for Act 2?

4. What is Lyubov's greatest flaw?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Pishchik? How does he know the family? What request does he make to Lyubov repeatedly in Act 2?

3. Describe the relationship between Varya and Lopakhin.

4. What class of people does Lopakhin represent? How is that illustrated in the play?

5. What does Lyubov feel about her lover? How does she show her feelings?

6. How is Russia compared with the rest of Europe throughout the play?

7. Describe the emotional state of Lyubov in Act 4. Why does she feel this way?

8. What does Firs symbolize in The Cherry Orchard?

9. What class of people does Lyubov represent in the play? How?

10. Where do the telegrams arrive from? What do they say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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