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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. On a typical day, the young Eugene Onegin would....

2. What is the first thing Eugene Onegin gives up as he becomes depressed?

3. How does Eugene spend his summer after rejecting Tatyana?

4. Which of the following best characterizes the presence of the narrator in the story EUGENE ONEGIN?

5. What does the narrator say about the letter that Tatyana writes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Vladimir in love with? What is she like?

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

3. 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?

4. What is Eugene Onegin's first impression of both of the Larin sisters?

5. What events unfold when Tatyana hears Eugene Onegin's horse arriving?

6. How do Eugene and the narrator differ about how they feel about the country? Why do you think the narrator tells us this?

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

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

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

10. How does Eugene Onegin receive Tatyana's letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

We don't see Eugene have any feelings other than boredom and irritation until the end of the story when he meets Tatyana in Moscow.

Part 1. Is Eugene really in love, or does he just want what he cannot have?

Part 2. Eugene reviews his life that winter he spends pining for Tatyana, is he finally actually experiencing past events or just wallowing in his own poor choices?

Part 3. Does knowing Tatyana help Eugene to become a better, deeper person?

Part 4. Would the change Eugene experiences in Moscow have happened if he had not rejected Tatyana?

Essay Topic 2

There's a lot to write about Alexander Pushkin. Write an essay about him. Make sure to include some information from all of the parts listed below, but emphasis can be put on any one or several of the parts.

Part 1. Heritage and life.

Part 2. Literary works.

Part 3. Political leaning and influence.

Part 4. Influence on literature.

Essay Topic 3

The narrator goes on a side tangent about Russian and French when he claims that Tatyana wrote her letter in French. Discuss Tatyana's supposed use of French for her letter.

Part 1. Why would Tatyana, a Russian girl, speak French better than Russian?

Part 2. Are there other places where French existed in a similar fashion to Russia? Can we see any remnants of that today?

Part 3. The narrator insinuates that some languages are better than others for expressing specific things - specifically he notes a love letter is most appropriate in French. Do you agree that different languages have different strengths and weaknesses in their ability to express different things? Why or why not?

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