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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 did Ivan Ilych do in his second job?

2. Why does Dmitri go to the Caucasus?

3. What does Dmitri dream about on his way to the Caucasus?

4. How does Tolstoy describe conjugal relations with Eugene Irtenev and his wife?

5. When did Dmitri believe a barrier was broken between himself and Maryanka?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Praskovya Federovna's bad temper affect Ivan Ilych?

2. What happens the first time Nikita and Vasili get off the road?

3. Describe Pozdnyshev's marriage.

4. What causes Marya's depression?

5. When do Ivan Ilych and Praskovya Federovna finally arrive at a truce?

6. Who are the Grebensk Cossacks?

7. How did Father Sergius come to be sent to Siberia?

8. How does Dmitri go about confessing his love to Maryanka?

9. Describe the circumstances of Lukashka's death.

10. What happens to Vasili and Nikita after they set out from Grishkino?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the theme of the child function in "Family Happiness"? Who acts like a child? How do actual children affect the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Some of Tolstoy's characters learn and grow, but some, like Ivan Ilych's wife, remain consistently bound to their temperament. Analyzing characters who are bound by temperament, assess the theory of temperament in Tolstoy's writing. Are people free to develop, or are they bound by their characters, in Tolstoy's opinion?

Essay Topic 3

How does Tolstoy treat the relationship between Russians and others--Chechen, Tartars, Cossacks, Turks? What make Russians Russian? What distinguishes them from the others, and what is the basis for hostility when there his hostility? What stance does Tolstoy take in presenting these relationships? (Sympathetic, critical, nationalistic?)

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