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. What impresses Bazarov about Anna?

2. Where Pavel move to when he heard of the princess's death?

3. What does Anna declare when Bazarov tells her he is leaving?

4. How far from the postal station is Nikolai's home?

5. Where does Anna invite the two young men?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Bazarov upset Pavel?

2. How does Bazarov contract typhus?

3. How does Bazarov react to his imminent death?

4. Describe Nikolai's life up until the story's present.

5. How do Anna and Katya react to Arkady and Bazarov's presence?

6. Summarize Fathers and Sons.

7. In what way were Pavel and Nikolai different as children?

8. What plans do Arkady and Bazarov make in this chapter?

9. In what way could Bazarov's love for Anna be seen as ironic?

10. How do Baradov's parents react when they see their son for the first time in three years in chapter 20?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is set in Russian provinces.

1) What meaning does Russian provinces bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Russian provinces?

2) How different do you think today's Russian provinces is to the Russian provinces in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Russian provinces?

Essay Topic 2

In 1992 Fathers and Sons was made into a film starring Jeff Goldblum and directed by Paul Mones. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant over one hundred years later? Do you think the ideas expressed are timeless and universal? What issues in the novel do you think are unlikely to be understood by today's audiences?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false; The Fathers and Sons foreshadows communism and Bazarov is an early example of a Bolshevik. Use two examples from the novel to support your argument.

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