Eugene Onegin Test | Mid-Book 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. What does the narrator say of the literature of his time?

2. What does the narrator want with the author of THE FEASTS?

3. What does the narrator think of Eugene's actions?

4. Why does Eugene agree to go to the celebration household?

5. What change came about Eugene Onegin as a young man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character of Eugene Onegin.

2. How do the neighbors views of Eugene's refusal of Tatyana vary from the narrator's?

3. Even while Tatyana is recovering from her rejection, how are Olga and Vladimir doing?

4. In chapter one the narrator is briefly a character in his own story. What interaction does the narrator have with Eugene?

5. What does the narrator think about Russian women who speak primarily French and only poor Russian and the movement to teach them better Russian?

6. What does the nurse tell Tatyana of her own youth and marriage?

7. How is Tatyana after being rejected by Eugene Onegin?

8. What is Eugene doing when the novel opens? How does he feel about it?

9. What is the tone of the letter that Tatyana wrote to Eugene Onegin? What does she express?

10. What do Vladimir Lensky and Eugne Onegin discuss? What is their favorite topic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pushkin lived through a very interesting time in Russian history. Write an essay about the early 1800s in Russia, and the time that he lived in and the novel EUGENE ONEGIN took place in.

Part 1. What was the political situation of Russia in the early 1800s?

Part 2. How did the political climate affect Pushkin?

Essay Topic 2

Both of Tatyana's mother and nurse were married by an arranged marriage, and in the end Tatyana herself marries a man that her parents chose. Discuss arranged marriages.

Part 1. Many cultures have histories of arranged marriages. What are their benefits and downsides?

Part 2. How did the arranged marriage work out for Tatyana's mother? Was she better off than if she had married the dandy gambler she had fancied in her youth?

Part 3. If her parents had not pressured her, Tatyana would have stayed single after Eugene rejected her. Was she better off married to the good and powerful man that she married?

Part 4. Looking at both Tatyana and her mother from a societal view instead of a personal one, are they better contributing members of society in the roles their parents have chosen for them or in the roles they would have chosen for themselves? Is this important?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator, who often refers to himself as the poet, plays with poetry throughout his own poem. Discuss the following topics, or any others, of Pushkins humorous and playful treatment of poetry throughout his poem.

Part 1. Vladimir is a poet but Eugene cannot write poetry.

Part 2. Vladimir writes insipid poetry the narrator is not fond of.

Part 3. The narrator is reduced to reading his poetry to ducks and scares them away when he does so.

Part 4. In his despair at the end of the story, Eugene nearly resorts to poetry.

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