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

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 2

What is Tolstoy's relation with his characters and the events he describes? Is he a sympathetic narrator, or does he distance himself from his characters' thoughts and actions?

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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