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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 Rakitin, which character has recently been "constantly irritated"?

2. What did Beliayev pursue by climbing a tree?

3. Whom does Natalya call "that village Talleyrand"?

4. How old is Beliayev?

5. Which character says the first line in Act 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize Shpigelski's assessment of whether or not Rakitin is dangerous to Natalya's family.

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

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

5. Describe what Islayev does for a living.

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. In her soliloquy in the middle of Act 3, Part 3, how does Natalya assess her relationship with Rakitin and with Beliayev?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain in detail how Natalya's fickleness regarding Bolshintsov and Vera affects the course of events.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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