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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 is the narrator learning with his class?
2. What does the narrator want of Mr. Bond?
3. Why is the narrator targeted by bullies at his school?
4. How long does the narrator spend in France after leaving his grandmother for the last time?
5. Who is the woman in the shapka?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Pashka almost drown once?
2. What catches the narrator's attention almost obsessively?
3. What does the narrator begin to learn in Chapter 12 in class to protect the fatherland and how does he feel about the process of learning this?
4. 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?
5. What does the narrator do upon returning from Russia?
6. What does the narrator learn from Mr. Bond about Charlotte in the last chapter?
7. What does Charlotte's last story for the narrator tell him?
8. Why does the narrator feel guilty concerning his grandmother?
9. Who is the only person in the narrator's class who treats him kindly?
10. How does the narrator imagine Charlotte in France and what does he do that he does not usually do when preparing for her visit?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss "Dreams of My Russian Summers" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Dreams of My Russian Summers is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Dreams of My Russian Summers" a successful novel? What about young teens?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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