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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. Only a fool would want to live through what?
2. What did Vanya come to love about moving to the country?
3. What did Ivan say in Old Church Slavonic?
4. What does Ivan's mother pretend to do?
5. What did Ivan remember about bears in fairy tales?
Short Essay Questions
1. For what reasons did Ivan resent Princess Katerina?
2. What does Ivan realize is the death knell for Taina?
3. How did Ivan solve the problem of the bear?
4. In what ways was the young man that had rescued the princess not what Yaga had suspected?
5. How did Ivan's relationship with his mother differ from his relationship with his father?
6. How did Ivan's parents' sacrifice weigh heavily on his mind? How did this affect the way he led his life?
7. Why was it unrealistic that Vanya was imagining Abraham in the forest and countryside? Why didn't this stop him from his fantasy?
8. How did Ivan justify what he had seen and heard in the forest as a child?
9. Why couldn't Yaga simply kill the girl and take over the kingdom?
10. What problem does Ivan come across when he tries to justify his impending marriage to Ruth to Katerina?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare the culture of Taina to places where such cultural considerations are still practiced and present. Explain what limitations would need to be in place for such a culture to survive in the modern world, and what limitations are actually in place to ensure this survival.
Essay Topic 2
Ivan explains to his son how they can't bring certain medicines back from their time to the time of Taina. Discuss not only Ivan's rationale for this, but also other potential ramifications of medicines being created in the early 900's. Explain the kinds of impacts that would have, and the ripple effect of the introduction of modern medicine to an ancient people.
Essay Topic 3
Katerina and Ivan's problem regarding the bridges and their mortality is valid. In essay form, discuss the argument they had about the bridges and some problems that their children might have in either world as a result of having been children of both.
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