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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who seduces Lara when she is 16?
(a) Vedeniapin.
(b) Zhivago.
(c) Duplyanka.
(d) Komarovsky.

2. Why does Yuri believe that Varykino would be a good place to resettle his family?
(a) Yuri hopes the townspeople will help his family because he gave medical aid to an important member of the town during World War I.
(b) Yuri's uncle Nikolai now lives in Varykino and is willing to help the family.
(c) Yuri has heard that Varykino is in desperate need of a physician.
(d) Yuri hopes the townspeople will help his family because his father once owned property and a factory in Varykino.

3. Which character does Lara treat in the hospital?
(a) Pasha.
(b) Dr. Zhivago.
(c) The handsome young soldier.
(d) Sasha.

4. After her affair with Komarovsky ends, whom does Lara marry?
(a) Misha.
(b) Yura.
(c) Pasha.
(d) Nikolai.

5. What is Strelnikov's secret identity?
(a) Strelnikov is actually Yuri's half brother, Evgraf.
(b) Strelnikov is actually Ivan Ivanovich.
(c) Strelnikov is actually Lara's husband, Pasha.
(d) Strelnikov is actually Yuri's uncle, Nikolai.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the independent republic that Blazheiko sets up and backs with a force of deserters from the 212th Infantry?

2. In the first chapter, many workers protest working conditions by leaving their jobs. What word is used in the book to describe that type of protest?

3. What color represents the Marxist army?

4. The book begins with what type of scene?

5. How does Lara plan to end her affair with Komarovsky?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the snow is cleared from the train tracks.

2. Describe the political views of Maxim Aristarkhovich Klintsov-Pogorevshikh.

3. Give an example of the brutality of war that is described in Dr. Zhivago.

4. Everyone must trade or pay for the food that is sold illegally behind the train stations. Why doesn't the soldier have to pay for the food he eats?

5. Why does Lara enter a relationship with a much older man?

6. Why would Dr. Zhivago work willingly near the front line of battle?

7. What is in Yuri's notebook?

8. With the Russian economy in ruins, how do people survive?

9. How do Yuri and his family survive the harsh winter?

10. Describe what happens to Yura during and after his mother's funeral.

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