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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 do the adults do before discussing Charlotte's tales?

2. Upon what does Albertine depend?

3. To where do the narrator and his sister return?

4. Who is Sharlota Norbertovna?

5. What happens to Fyodor when he is dressed as Santa Claus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator say his grandmother does when the narrator looks at the photo of the scruffy woman?

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

4. What happens each time Albertine and Charlotte return to Russia from France?

5. What happens after Fyodor is arrested?

6. What political importance is lost to the children?

7. What is the other childhood memories of Charlotte's that has left an impact on the narrator?

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

9. What is Charlotte's relationship to Gavrilych?

10. What happens after the children are put to bed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Dreams of My Russian Summers" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Dreams of My Russian Summers" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Dreams of My Russian Summers"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Dreams of My Russian Summers" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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