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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 searching for a tutor in Moscow for Kolya?
(a) Schaaf.
(b) The czar.
(c) Liza.
(d) The princess.

2. What did Natalya's father call her?
(a) "Florence Nightingale."
(b) "The daughter of Athena."
(c) "His Antigone."
(d) "Russia's Aphrodite."

3. Which name below is the name of one of the suitors in Shpigelski's story in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) Karamazov.
(b) Perekuzov.
(c) Goethe.
(d) Tolstoy.

4. According to Islayev, what object is "like a miniature tornado"?
(a) The conveyor belt.
(b) The winnowing fan.
(c) The kitchen whisk.
(d) The ceiling fan.

5. What game are the characters playing in Act 1, Part 1?
(a) Poker.
(b) Euchre.
(c) Hearts.
(d) Spades.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Beliayev?

2. Which female character takes snuff?

3. According to Rakitin, which character is "simply an idiot"?

4. What does Beliayev intend to shoot in the garden?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Katya think about the possible marriage of Shpigelski and Liza?

2. 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"?

3. 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?"

4. Why does Shpigelski pretend to be witty and cheerful around his patients?

5. Why does Natalya believe that it's improper for Vera to be in the garden by herself with Beliayev?

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

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

8. When Natalya interrupts the conversation between Vera and Beliayev in Act 4, Part 2, how does she react to Vera's accusations?

9. Summarize Beliayev's response to Natalya's revelation that Vera is in love with him.

10. Describe the setting of Act 4, Part 1, and how the characters use it.

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