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 does Pavel say will happen if people discard things like the aristocracy?

2. Where does Victor invite the two young men?

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

4. What does Pavel challenge Bazarov on?

5. Why does Arkady not like Katya?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Pavel meet the Russian princess?

2. How did Pavel's relationship with the princess work out?

3. Why does Anna withdraw her affections for Barradov?

4. How do Pavel and Bazarov's opinion of the Russian aristocracy differ?

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

6. How does Fenirchka react to Pavel's presence in chapter 8?

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

8. How does Bazarov react to his imminent death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Russia culture.

1) What influence have Russia had on the world as a whole? What influence have they had on America?

2) What famous people have come from Russia? What influence have Russia had in the arts and in politics?

3) What is Turgenev's view on his motherland is. If he happy about the changes occurring in his country?

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