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. Who is Mr. Bond?

2. What does the narrator recount to Pashka?

3. Who is shocked when the young, French boy does as he promises?

4. What does Pashka take the narrator to observe?

5. About what does the narrator feel guilty?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator realize concerning his grandmother and France?

2. What catches the narrator's attention almost obsessively?

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

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

5. What does Charlotte tell the narrator about death?

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

7. What does Charlotte's last story for the narrator tell him?

8. 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?

9. Who does the narrator notice while doing sequences and what does he notice about her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Dreams of My Russian Summers"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "Dreams of My Russian Summers" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Dreams of My Russian Summers" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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