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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Shpigelski, which character is "straight from the Golden Age of Innocence"?

2. What does Vera suggest that Beliayev call her?

3. How did Beliayev translate "quatre-vingt-dix"?

4. Who initially brings up the possibility of Vera getting married?

5. As Natalya states in Act 2, Part 2, "there's nothing more depressing than gloomy" what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Describe Natalya's confession to Beliayev in Act 4, Part 3.

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why does Beliayev reject Vera's suggestion that he call her Verochka?

8. How does Rakitin depict love to Beliayev in Act 5, Part 1?

9. Describe what Islayev does for a living.

10. What does Rakitin think about in his soliloquy in Act 2, Part 2, and what conclusions does he reach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of soliloquy in the play and how it affects readers' knowledge of events.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Natalya's tendency to manipulate others, and then compare it with what happens when Vera manipulates her.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the significance of Katya and Anna in propelling the plot forward.

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