Doctor Zhivago 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. Why does Yuri believe that Varykino would be a good place to resettle his family?

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

3. What color represents the Marxist army?

4. What is the name of the man who now runs the estate once owned by Yuri's father?

5. At the end of Chapter 1, why is Madame Guishar offended?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Yuri react when he sees Lara at the library?

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

4. What is in Yuri's notebook?

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

6. How does Lara feel about Komarovsky later in their relationship?

7. 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?

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

9. Describe some of the social classes of people who are on the train and how they interact with each other.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After Lara leaves for Vladivostok, Yuri and Lara's husband, Strelnikov, meet in the house. Describe each man's reaction to the other man's presence. Discuss the irony of Lara's lover and husband both living in the same house. How did their conversation affect their actions?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, Yuri is faced with many choices. Describe three major choices Yuri made and how they affected the outcome of the story. What events or characters motivated those choices? How might the story have been different had those choices not been made?

Essay Topic 3

In the book, character and events seem to coincidentally occur at just the right (or wrong) time. What role does fate play in Yuri's life? What role does fate play in Lara's life? Give specific examples from the book.

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