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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. Who says that talking to Rakitin is like "making lace"?

2. Whom had Rakitin been visiting before coming to Natalya's house?

3. Which character claims to be a "practical sort of person"?

4. Who wins the game definitively in Act 1, Part 2?

5. Whom does Rakitin call "our unspoiled youth" in his soliloquy in Act 2, Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Natalya and Rakitin resolve to "educate" Beliayev?

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

3. Why does Natalya not invite Shpigelski, Rakitin, and Bolshintsov to go fly the kite?

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

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

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

8. Describe the progress of the game that Schaaf, Anna, and Liza are playing.

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

10. Describe the difference between Rakitin's and Islayev's plans for Rakitin to leave.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Natalya's thoughts about Beliayev in Act 1 with her thoughts about him in Act 5. How has her perception of him changed?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Rakitin's willingness to help Shpigelski match Vera and Bolshintsov with his willingness to help Natalya overcome her infatuation with Beliayev.

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