Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy 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 are Stepan Kasatsky's motives for whatever he undertakes?

2. How much money did Vasili borrow?

3. Who is Nikita?

4. Why does Murad want revenge on Shamil?

5. Who is Stepan Kasatsky?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the essential "Russianness" in Tolstoy's stories? Describe it in three of his short stories. Does Tolstoy show it by contrast with other cultures, or by description, or some other means?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What kind of struggle does Marya expect from marriage, and what kind of struggle does she end up having to endure? Describe the significance of struggle in "Family Happiness".

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