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 does Nikolai say would frown on his relationship with Fenitchka?

2. Why does Bazarov want frogs?

3. Where do Arkady and Bazarov leave for the next morning?

4. How does Bazarov respond to Anna'a flirtations?

5. How is Pavel related to Arkady?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bazarov contract typhus?

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

3. In what does Arkady show he is not the nihilist he wants to be?

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

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

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

7. In what way does Nikolai show jealously towards his brother Pavel in chapter 9?

8. How does Turgenev end his novel?

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

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

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

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1850s. How does Turgenev express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novels meaning would change if it was set in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Turgenev use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character Bazarov examine the way Turgenev uses the other characters in the story. When does she introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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