Research the Russian samovar, mentioned in many of the stories. What is its history? Who uses one? What are the rituals and traditions that go along with its use?
Research the city of St. Petersburg. What different names has it been called during which time periods? Why? What famous art museum is there? Who built the museum?
Politics of Russia
What was the government system in Russia in the nineteenth century? What were the different social classes? Where was the highest population density?
Check Off Chekhov
Research Chekhov's life. How did his life reflect in his work? How did he feel about his writing? List the plays Anton Chekhov wrote. Which is he most famous for? What is the play about?
Research the evolution of the Russian military uniform. Some of them are mentioned in the book. Look for pictures of old uniforms...
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