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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. Who is going to teach Kolya to swim?
(a) Beliayev.
(b) Islayev.
(c) Bolshintsov.
(d) Rakitin.

2. According to Shpigelski, what is the "main thing in marriage"?
(a) "A solid character."
(b) Temperance.
(c) Fidelity.
(d) "Polite tolerance."

3. How far is it from Bolshintsov's village to Natalya's house?
(a) 400 yards.
(b) 15 miles.
(c) 200 miles.
(d) 20 miles.

4. What is one of Shpigelski's vices?
(a) Gambling.
(b) Alcohol.
(c) Snuff.
(d) Caffeine.

5. Rakitin states that he is "like wax in your hands" to whom?
(a) Natalya.
(b) Katya.
(c) Beliayev.
(d) Islayev.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 2, Part 3, which character is jealous of Natalya's affections?

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

3. According to Rakitin, which character has recently been "constantly irritated"?

4. Natalya believes that she and Rakitin are old in comparison to whom?

5. How many sisters does Beliayev have?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 2, Part 2, when Natalya is speaking with Rakitin, why does she move the conversation from a discussion of her behavior to a discussion of Bolshintsov?

2. For what does Natalya ask Rakitin's help in Act 3, Part 1? How does Rakitin respond?

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

4. Why does Natalya send Vera away so suddenly in Act 3, Part 2?

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

6. 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?"

7. Describe Natalya's thoughts on youth and old age, as presented in Act 2, Part 2.

8. Describe Natalya's childhood.

9. What conclusion does Rakitin draw in Act 4, Part 3, after he inquires about Natalya's decision and Natalya says, "What decision? ... I don't understand"?

10. Why is Rakitin reading The Count of Monte Cristo aloud?

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