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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 was Eugene Onegin's reaction to Tatyana's letter?
2. What does the narrator say about cold and distant women?
3. What did Eugene Onegin do that angered his new neighbors in the countryside?
4. What cycle does Pushkin write about at the end of Chapter 2?
5. How does Eugene spend his summer after rejecting Tatyana?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the tone of the letter that Tatyana wrote to Eugene Onegin? What does she express?
2. What is Eugene doing when the novel opens? How does he feel about it?
3. In chapter one the narrator is briefly a character in his own story. What interaction does the narrator have with Eugene?
4. What is Eugene Onegin's first impression of both of the Larin sisters?
5. Even while Tatyana is recovering from her rejection, how are Olga and Vladimir doing?
6. How does Eugene Onegin respond when Vladimir Lensky invites him to come with him to Tatyana's name day celebration? What changes his mind?
7. What does the narrator think about Russian women who speak primarily French and only poor Russian and the movement to teach them better Russian?
8. What happens when Eugene arrives at his uncle's house?
9. How does Eugene get along with his neighbors in the country?
10. Vladimir writes his poetry inspired by Olga, but rarely gets to read it to her because she doesn't read poetry. Who does the narrator confess he reads his poetry to?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator comments at one point in the novel that the heroes of novels were once consumed with a passion for the right and just, defeating vice and sin, but today novels glorify vices, and vampires and egotists become heroes.
Part 1. Pushkin wrote this comment in the early 1800s. Does it sound like something someone would say today? Where have you heard such accusations before?
Part 2. Give some examples of stories from today, that back up Pushkin's statement.
Part 3. What can be inferred from the timelessness of this statement?
Essay Topic 2
In the beginning of the final chapter the narrator discusses his muse, poetry.
Part 1. In the beginning, the narrator shows his muse, or poetry, to society for his benefit. He lives through his poetry for the social scene. What character does this parallel? What is the message Pushkin is trying to tell us with this parallel?
Part 2. The poet's muse outlasts society. He finds inspiration in all types of people and it leads him to Tatyana in a country garden. What do Tatyana and the poet's muse represent now?
Part 3. What is the message about art Pushkin is making with this tangent about his muse?
Essay Topic 3
The narrator of EUGENE ONEGIN takes a long side tangent to discuss women's feet. Write an essay exploring this tangent of Pushkin's.
Part 1. What is the narrator's attachment to women's feet?
Part 2. What theme is the narrator developing with this tangent into women's feet? How?
Part 3. What does the narrator mean when he says that women's words and feet are both faithless?
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