The Lower Depths Test | Mid-Book 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. Near the end of the second act, who does Vassilisa demand to leave?

2. Who suggests a hospital to help with the alcoholism?

3. There were two characters that watched the others play cards. Which name below names one of the characters watching the others play cards?

4. How many windows are in the opening set?

5. Who is looking for his wife in Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Baron threatens to strike Nastya?

2. Who does Kleshtch tell to sweep the floor and what is the other character's response?

3. What does Nastya admit at the beginning of the fourth act?

4. What is Natasha's response to Pepel and what does Luka say about it?

5. What happened to Natasha, Vassilisa, and Pepel at the end of the play?

6. What do Pepel, Bubnoff, and Kleshtch say about honor and conscience?

7. What is the mood that is created by the first set?

8. What is the Actor's viewpoint on the hospital with the cure during the fourth act?

9. What does Luka say about Nastya's story?

10. How does Kostilyoff put Luka down and what is Luka's response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Nastya's character is wrapped up in romance throughout the entire play. Write an essay discussing all of the ways the writer has Nastya display this.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Satine is so persistent in wanting to convince the Actor that the information Luka gave him is made up and false? Do you think this was the ultimate cause of the Actor's death?

Essay Topic 3

Kvashnya says, "That not for a hundred baked lobsters would she marry again" in the first act. She then is married by the fourth act. Why do you think that is? What are the contributing factors to her changing her mind? How do you think Kleshtch was able to foreshadow her marriage to Miedviedieff?

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