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. Where was the young woman taken to live during the war?

2. What causes Pashka to cry?

3. What sudden urge does the narrator have?

4. What does the narrator want of Mr. Bond?

5. What does Paska occasionally do when he is out with the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does the narrator think he is being accepted by his classmates, what does he see as the three types of cliques in a crowd and how does his acceptance affect his writing?

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

7. 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?

8. How does the narrator feel about the women in the photo and how does he try to return to the comfort of his childhood?

9. What does the narrator feel when he is staying in the tombs and what symptoms did he think he had?

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

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

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

"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?

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