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. At the end of Act 2, where does Anya go to avoid being found in the garden?

2. Which character has a dog?

3. What effect comes from having the railway closer to the estate?

4. What irritates Lyubov and Gaev upon their entrance in Act 2, prompting them to send Yasha away?

5. What does Firs refer to as "the troubles" during Act 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the emotional state of Varya in Act 4? Why?

2. Does Firs have loyalty to the family? How do we know?

3. Who is Deriganov? How does he/she play into the plot?

4. Describe Anya's character. How old is she? What color does she wear? How does she feel about her mother and sister?

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

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

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

8. What happened to Lyubov's son? How does she feel about it?

9. How does Trofimov feel about the upper classes?

10. What does Lopakhin suggest Lyubov and Gaev do with the estate? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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 characters of Firs and Yasha. How are they related? What is the difference of these two characters' attitudes toward the other characters in the play? How do they show these differences? Physically, are they similar? How are they alike? How are they different?

Essay Topic 3

Who is happy at the end of the play? Why? How have the characters' lives changed in the course of the play?

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