Lesson 1 (from Part One: Chapter 1, (pages 5-18))
When Tchitchikov arrives in N., the entire town is abuzz. This lesson will explore the significance of his immediate popularity with the important people in town.
1) Class Discussion: Why do you think it is strange that all the important people in town have become so interested in the new visitor? Why are they bothering themselves over a scholar? What do you think the author is saying about the people in town by making them so interested in Tchitchikov?
2) In-Class Writing: Write an essay of a few paragraphs about why it is important that Tchitchikov is not particularly rich or good looking. What do you think might attract people to him?
3) Small Group Discussion: Divide the class into four groups and have them discuss why you think the servant at the hotel divulges to Tchitchikov everything about everyone in town. Why do you think Tchitchikov wants...
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