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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. Who is Charlotte?

2. Who is Sharlota Norbertovna?

3. What do the narrator and his sister do to some of the collection?

4. What is Charlotte's response to the children's request?

5. What outrages the narrator concerning France and the Russian revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Charlotte end up returning to Russia and what is her response when she arrives there?

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

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

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

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

7. What is Charlotte's relationship to Gavrilych?

8. About what do others continue to speculate?

9. What story captures the narrator's imagination concerning Tsar Nicholas II?

10. What happens when Charlotte meets up with a soldier while she is on her way to Boyarsk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Dreams of My Russian Summers" belongs to the fictional memoir genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fictional memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fictional memoir and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Dreams of My Russian Summers" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the narrator. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Charlotte. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Pashka. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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