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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 Anna declare when Bazarov tells her he is leaving?

2. What kind of alcohol do Arkady and Bazarov drink at Kukshin's house?

3. How is Pavel related to Arkady?

4. What country did Pavel go to when his affair with the princess was over?

5. What is the name of Arkady's cousin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Anna respond to Bazarov's declaration of love?

2. Why does Anna withdraw her affections for Barradov?

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

4. How does fate play a part in this section?

5. Describe the duel between Pavel and Bazarov.

6. Describe the point of view Turgenev has used in the novel.

7. Why is Nikolai so upset at the beginning of chapter 11?

8. How does Arkady claim he has changed since falling in love with Katya?

9. In what way have times been hard for Nikolai in recent times?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine nihilism and liberalism. What are the differences between the two schools of thought? Why do the students think that nihilism became a important movement in 1850s Russia? Why do you think the younger generation got sick of liberal attitudes? How did liberalism and nihilism evolve?

Essay Topic 2

Exanine the differences between Arkady and Bazarov's upbringings. Do you think it makes a big difference to his relationship with his father that Arkady mother died early? How has Vassily's doting affected Bazarov's character? Were they are true nihilists or did their upbringings prevent them from genuinely thinking in this way?

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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