Doctor Zhivago Test | Final 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 does Yuri's new friend study during the NEP period?

2. How well do Yuri and Strelnikov get along when they meet in Varykino?

3. How long does Yuri serve as a conscripted field doctor?

4. In Chapter 15, who comes to Yuri's aid while he is living in Moscow?

5. What book do Gordon and Dudorov discuss at the end of the epilogue?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens when Yuri breaks Red Cross rules and uses a rifle.

2. How does Yuri react to Strelnikov's return?

3. Describe Yuri's relationship with Marina.

4. What could the rowan tree symbolize?

5. What might have been done to prevent Pamphil's insanity?

6. What do Yuri and Lara do when they hear a rumor that the Executive Committee plans to arrest them?

7. Describe Yuri's relationship with Vasia.

8. In Chapter 13, while in Yuritan, what does Lara want to have happen to her relationship with Yuri?

9. Why does Lara return for Yuri's funeral after he refused to follow her to Vladivostok?

10. Describe Yuri's death and funeral.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Yuri influence the characters in the book after his death? What significance do other characters find in his work? How could his work possibly affect the future of Russia?

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

How do changes in the Russian economy affect the choices and actions that characters make in the story? Cite specific examples of decisions made and actions taken as a direct result of economic need. How do changes in the Russian economy affect the moral development of characters in the story?

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