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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. According to Shpigelski, what is bothering Natalya in addition to her nerves?
(a) The north wind.
(b) Bile.
(c) Sinusitis.
(d) Flu.

2. How many serfs does Bolshintsov have?
(a) 320.
(b) 210.
(c) 400.
(d) 220.

3. What is the name of the carpenter who is working on Islayev's project?
(a) Mikhail.
(b) Yonquil.
(c) Yermil.
(d) Belarus.

4. Which two types of tree does Rakitin compare in Act 2, Part 2?
(a) Oak and birch.
(b) Oak and maple.
(c) Hickory and willow.
(d) Apple and pear.

5. From what book does Rakitin read aloud?
(a) The Three Musketeers.
(b) Jane Eyre.
(c) The Count of Monte Cristo.
(d) A Christmas Carol.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Natalya primarily want for Kolya?

2. Which character does Rakitin love?

3. Beliayev mentions that whose birthday is next week?

4. Whom does Rakitin call a "stupid, fat, lumbering man"?

5. With which character did Natalya want to talk in Act 2, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Katya insist that Beliayev take all her raspberries?

2. Summarize Natalya's soliloquy at the end of Act 3, Part 3, regarding her immediately preceding conversation with Beliayev.

3. 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?

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

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

6. What is Vera's relationship to Natalya's household? How does Natalya characterize that relationship "in the eyes of the world" when she and Vera are talking in Act 3, Part 2?

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

8. Why does Rakitin mention Beliayev's new coat in Act 5, Part 2?

9. Why does Shpigelski state that he believes Natalya's level of bile is bothering her?

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

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