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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. Whose illness did Shpigelski intend to treat in Act 1, Part 3?

2. According to Shpigelski, what is bothering Natalya in addition to her nerves?

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

4. Which character states that "it's wrong to put one's life in chains"?

5. What does Natalya like most about the character with whom she is infatuated?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Natalya's childhood.

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Natalya suddenly seem to consider Shpigelski's matchmaking possibility at the end of Act 1, Part 3?

8. Describe the relationship between Natalya and Rakitin, as it stands in Act 1, Part 2.

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

10. Why is Natalya astonished by the thought of her husband at the end of Act 3, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the passageway and the type of events that occur there.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of Katya and the setting in which she has a modicum of control.

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