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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. During his journey to Varykino, Yuri realizes he knows the leader of one of the powerful political forces in Russia. Which political force does Galiullin lead?
(a) The Red Army.
(b) The Communist Party.
(c) The Provisional Government.
(d) The White Army.

2. What illness affects Yuri and most of the city in the winter?
(a) Smallpox.
(b) Measles.
(c) Typhus.
(d) Influenza.

3. How many days did it take to clear the snowdrifts from the path?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

4. What mode of transportation does Yuri and his family use as they leave for the town of Varykino in the early spring?
(a) A stolen Army truck.
(b) Their own feet.
(c) A horse and cart.
(d) The train.

5. What type of school is set up in Yuri and Tonia's house?
(a) An elementary school.
(b) A medical school.
(c) An officer training school.
(d) An agricultural school.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the Presnia uprising, which character meets and falls in love with Lara?

2. How long did Yuri's affair with Lara last?

3. What does Lara do when Pasha joins the Russian army?

4. Whom does Yuri tell his wife he is working with in Meliuzeievo?

5. What is Strelnikov's secret identity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Zhivago's actions during the war.

2. Why does Lara follow Pasha to the front lines?

3. How could Yuri's life have been different if he had not tried to return to Lara the night he was conscripted by the Red Army?

4. Why might people exhibit extreme behavior during a time of war that they would not exhibit in peacetime?

5. Describe the type of work Yuri and his family do to survive when they first arrive in Varykino.

6. Describe the beginning Lara and Pasha's relationship.

7. How does Lara attempt end her relationship with Komarovsky?

8. How do Yuri and his family get food and supplies for their trip to Varykino?

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

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

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