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 becomes of Lyubov's lover?

2. Who is mentioned as being "prepared to buy the estate" at auction?

3. How old is Varya?

4. What do Charlotta's parents do for a living?

5. In Act 2, why does Gaev say he must go to town the following day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What philosophical/social themes does Chekhov comment on in the play, The Cherry Orchard?

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

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

4. What will Anya do at the end of Act 4?

5. Who is Charlotta? What is her position in the household? How is she described physically?

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

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

8. Describe the symbolism of the cherry orchard within the play.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Do you think that Lyubov's actions have directly led to the consequences in the play? How have they or have they not?

Essay Topic 2

How is slavery and serfdom viewed by the characters in The Cherry Orchard? Cite examples of the differences of various characters' viewpoints on the Emancipation.

Essay Topic 3

Which character(s) do you think are the most logical in the play? Which are the most illogical? How?

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