Dreams of My Russian Summers 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 the narrator realize about Charlotte?

2. Where does the narrator seek shelter when it begins to rain?

3. What arrives from the Prefecture de Police?

4. How does the narrator sometimes use his scarf?

5. Why does the narrator's mother go to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator learn from Mr. Bond about Charlotte in the last chapter?

2. What does the narrator do about three years after staying in the tombs and why was it difficult to do? How did he overcome the difficulty?

3. How does the narrator end up staying in a tomb for a while?

4. Why does the narrator not call or write Charlotte after he finds her and what does he do while waiting to see her?

5. Why does the narrator feel guilty concerning his grandmother?

6. How does the narrator's interest in Russia cause him problems?

7. How does the narrator's encounter with the girl with russet-colored hair occur and how does it work out between them?

8. How did the narrator's book do and when does he remember something Charlotte told him when he saw his first coffin?

9. What does the narrator do after he accidentally insults a girl at a dance?

10. How does Pashka feel about the narrator's new popularity and what does Pashka do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Dreams of My Russian Summers", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Dreams of My Russian Summers". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

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.

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