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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which character sometimes says "bed and brutter" instead of "bread and butter"?
(a) Bolshintsov.
(b) Kolya.
(c) Vera.
(d) Rakitin.

2. According to Schaaf, what is the "thief of time"?
(a) Work.
(b) Mowing the lawn.
(c) Procrastination.
(d) Homework.

3. What is Beliayev's favorite part of a newspaper?
(a) The articles.
(b) The opinion pages.
(c) The photos.
(d) The comic strips.

4. How old is Beliayev?
(a) Twenty-one.
(b) Twenty-eight.
(c) Twenty-three.
(d) Eighteen.

5. Whom had Rakitin been visiting before coming to Natalya's house?
(a) Bolshintsov.
(b) The Krinitsins.
(c) Shpigelski.
(d) The Verenitsins.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Kolya's horse?

2. Which two types of tree does Rakitin compare in Act 2, Part 2?

3. Rakitin states that he is "like wax in your hands" to whom?

4. Which character says to Natalya, "Each of us is a closed book, that's true"?

5. About whom does Shpigelski tell a story in Act 1, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Islayev never previously intervene in the relationship between Natalya and Rakitin?

2. Why is Natalya astonished by the thought of her husband at the end of Act 3, Part 1?

3. How does Shpigelski's song at the end of Act 4, Part 1 relate to Natalya's problem with Beliayev and Vera?

4. Explain what Rakitin means by this line: "What does all this mean? Is it the beginning of the end, or the end itself? [...] Or is it the beginning, perhaps?"

5. Why does Liza say at the end of Act 5 that she, too, will be leaving?

6. Why does Natalya insist to Shpigelski that Vera is still a child?

7. Describe Rakitin's plan for solving Natalya's predicament regarding Beliayev.

8. Why is Islayev surprised to find Natalya and Rakitin in the hallway in Act 4, Part 3?

9. In her soliloquy in the middle of Act 3, Part 3, how does Natalya assess her relationship with Rakitin and with Beliayev?

10. According to his soliloquy in Act 4, Part 2, what does Beliayev think about the events that have transpired with Natalya and Vera?

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