Fathers and Sons 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. Who is the farm named after?

2. What four things does Pavel say that Bazarov derides?

3. In what city does Arkady attend university?

4. What is the name of Nikolai's servant?

5. Why does Bazarov want to destroy all policies and principles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestion is there in chapter 20 that Bazarov and Arkady maybe changing their perspective on life?

2. In what way does Bazarov upset Pavel?

3. In what way is the generational gap between the two young men and Pavel and Nikolai evident in chapter 10?

4. In what way does Vasily show respect for his son in chapter 20?

5. What happens to all the major characters by the end of the story?

6. How does Barradov struggle with his feelings towards Anna?

7. In way does Bazarov contradict his nihilistic beliefs in this section?

8. In what way does Bazarov prove he is a man of honor in chapter 24?

9. What happens at the governor's ball?

10. How does Bazarov and Arkady's ideas begin to differ in chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the generation gap between Arkady, Bazorov and the older characters. How different were the experiences both generations went through? What problems is the generation gap causing the characters? Do you think Arkady and Bazarrov blame characters like Pavel for the state of Russia? Do you think the generational gap expressed in Fathers and Sons was particuarly wide during this time or is wide a generational gap common to all ages?

Essay Topic 2

Fathers and Sons is a famous book which has greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book written after Fathers and Sons that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss there similarities in terms of:

a) Plot

b) Character

c) Themes

Essay Topic 3

Compare the characters of Bazarov and Anna.

1) In what way are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Do you think they are the perfect match?

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