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. What kinds of books does Nastya like to read?

2. Who is the uncle of Vassilisa?

3. How do the walls of the opening set look?

4. Who feels that Luka tells pleasant lies to make people feel better?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pepel profess to Natasha?

3. What does Andrei do for a living and who does he think that Kvashnya will end up marrying?

4. What is Luka's response to Pepel wondering if he can convince the baron to get on all fours and bark like a dog?

5. What does Satine say in the longest speech?

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

7. What is Luka's first story about?

8. How does the play end for the Actor?

9. Who sits at a table drinking at the beginning of the fourth act?

10. Who likes to tease Nastya and what does he tease her about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The original setting changes for the third act. Describe the setting for the third act. Analyze why the writer made this setting change and how it contributes to the mood and theme of the play. How does this setting play into the characters' roles for the third act?

Essay Topic 2

What is everyone's reaction to Anna's death? Compare and contrast what each of the characters' stances on these two points are.

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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