Short Essay Answer Key
1. Describe the progress of the game that Schaaf, Anna, and Liza are playing.
Schaaf generally wins when they play hearts, but Anna starts to beat him in this game. He is a sore loser and blames the progress of the game on Liza, resolving never to be her partner again.
2. Why is Rakitin reading The Count of Monte Cristo aloud?
Rakitin is reading The Count of Monte Cristo aloud because Natalya feels obligated to read it. She recently met someone who raved about it and wants to be able to state authoritatively that she saw nothing entertaining about the novel.
3. Describe Beliayev, according to Natalya's report in Act 1, Part 1.
According to Natalya's report in Act 1, Part 1, Beliayev is an unrefined and immature but cheerful and pleasant Russian.
4. What does Natalya mean when she tells Rakitin, "Sometimes...
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