Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy Test | Final 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 happened to Stepan Kasatsky when his father died?

2. How does Tolstoy describe Stepan Kasatsky's educational career?

3. What makes Murad suspicious when he reaches his destination?

4. What is Mukhorty covered with when he stumbles in a ditch?

5. Where does the road take them after the travelers return to the road?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gift did Father Sergius discover he had, and what did it do for him?

2. What causes Vasili Andreevich to set off for Goryachkin?

3. What does Pozdnyshev realize as soon as he kills his wife?

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

5. What did the Tsar decide with regard to Murad?

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

7. Describe Stepan Kasatsky' personality.

8. Describe Stepan Kasatsky's relationship with Countess Korotkova.

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

10. How does Stepan acquire the name Father Sergius?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Late in life, Tolstoy abjured private possessions and advocated communes. Does the Tolstoy of the stories value worldly possessions less than other kinds of things? Where are worldly possessions in Tolstoy's value scale? Analyze three stories and describe Tolstoy's views.

Essay Topic 2

To what extent are Tolstoy's stories allegories? How do characters and events in the stories map to values and ideas in the allegory? Explain the allegorical significance of two of Tolstoy's stories.

Essay Topic 3

Write a character sketch of Tolstoy himself, based on his writing. What kinds of information do his themes provide for you?

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