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. Who is Varya afraid will "fall in love?"

2. Who begins to weep after the sound is heard in the distance in Act 2?

3. Who gets into an argument with Trofimov in Act 2?

4. What do Lyubov and Varya mention in Act 2 that the peasants have been complaining about?

5. How old is Varya?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Trofimov feel about Lopakhin? What does he say to Lopakhin in Act 4 that tells us this?

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

3. Describe Dunyasha's character. How does she dress? What is she constantly distracted by? Is she dedicated to her job?

4. Describe the emotional state of Anya in Act 4.

5. Describe the setting in Act 4. Is the setting the same as any other Act? How so? How is it different?

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

7. What is the emotional state of Lopakhim in Act 3?

8. How is Lopakhin's character different than that of Firs? How are they alike?

9. Describe Gaev's character. Who is he/she related to in the play? How? What does this character do persistently that annoys the others?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chekhov chose to title this play, "The Cherry Orchard: A Comedy in Four Acts." Why did he title it a comedy? What comedic elements does he employ within the play? What tragic elements are there?

Essay Topic 2

Several "characters" are mentioned who never make an appearance in The Cherry Orchard. Who are they, and how do they contribute to the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the characters of Dunyasha and Lyubov. What similarities do they share? What differences?

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