Fathers and Sons Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bazarov do while Arkady is away from the farm?

2. Which other character has remarried?

3. What do Bazarov and Arkady have a heated discussion about later that afternoon?

4. How does Arina react to seeing her son again?

5. What does Pavel do when Nikolai comes into the room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Fathers and Sons is part of the philosophical and political genre.

1) What are the conventions of the The Fathers and Sons genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did The Fathers and Sons help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in The Fathers and Sons?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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