A Month in the Country Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Which character says the first line in Act 3?

2. In Act 3, Part 1, whose help does Shpigelski solicit in matching Bolshintsov and Vera?

3. From what book does Rakitin read aloud?

4. Beliayev mentions that whose birthday is next week?

5. In Act 3, Part 1, Natalya confesses that she is infatuated with which character?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 3, Part 3, why does Rakitin beg Islayev and Anna to leave Natalya alone for the moment?

2. What is the plan that Rakitin and Beliayev have devised for leaving Natalya's household?

3. Describe Natalya's childhood.

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

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

6. What is the question that Natalya asks Rakitin in Act 1, Part 1, and why does he spend so much time thinking about it?

7. 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?"

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

9. According to Act 4, Part 3, what is Beliayev's reason for not having been personable with Natalya previously?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of foreshadowing in the play, using specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship of Katya and Matvey and how it parallels the relationships of other characters.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Turgenev uses minor characters for comic relief in the play.

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