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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 Sergei notice being loaded?

2. Who is Felix Faure?

3. What is Charlotte's father's occupation?

4. For what do the narrator and his sister stand in line?

5. To what village does Charlotte return?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the narrator go for the summer and what is a tale she relates to the narrator on his first night there?

2. What happens when the narrator and his sister go for oranges?

3. What does the narrator find interesting about the French play, "Les Femmes Savantes"?

4. What is the story does the narrator relate about Charlotte's rock collection?

5. What memories of women does the narrator think about?

6. Why does the narrator become outraged?

7. What is the narrator allowed to do when he is 14?

8. What story about Charlotte and Fyodor does the narrator recall?

9. What does Charlotte do during the war and how does she react to her work?

10. Where does Albertine retreat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Dreams of My Russian Summers".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Dreams of My Russian Summers". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Dreams of My Russian Summers". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Andrei Makine.

2. What in Makine's background may have helped him in writing "Dreams of My Russian Summers"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

The narration creates a sense of mystery, engaging the reader in the narrator's quest for truth. In this case, there are two different truths - what happened to Charlotte, and where does the narrator fit?

1. Explain what you think the above statements mean. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Using just the text from the first chapter, argue whether the search for who is Charlotte is the most important aspect of the story or the problems of who the narrator is.

3. Explain what about the sense of mystery in the first chapter goaded you to continue reading the book. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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