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. Who had an abusive husband?

2. What is the setting for Act 2?

3. What part of the wall holds the window(s)?

4. What does the vendor of baked meat pies say that they would not do for a hundred baked lobster?

5. How many windows are in the opening set?

Short Essay Questions

1. What new information does Luka give the Actor about alcoholism?

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

3. What does Satine share a story about and how is it received by the others?

4. What is the setting for the third act?

5. What does Natasha say in response to Nastya's story?

6. What life changing event does Luka suggest to Pepel?

7. Which characters are playing cards and who is watching them?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A lot of details about the opening set are given by the writer. Describe the opening set. Analyze how this set plays a major role in setting the mood for the play. How does this set complement the characters of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Anna is dying at the hands of her husband in the first act. How does she really feel about her husband at this point? Discuss how she gave him her food. Also, include her conversation with Luka about her husband.

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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