Stories of Anton Chekov 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. What embitters Nikolai Stepanych about his children?

2. Vasya and Mashenka's marriage can be described as __________.

3. How does Anyuta help Stepan's studies?

4. Why does Osip leave Olga?

5. What did Nikolai do for Ieronym when he was alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cherviakov so insistent on apologizing to the General?

2. What consumes Bronze so much in life over the last 50 years in "Rothschild's Fiddle"?

3. As Gusev drifts in and out of sleep, what thoughts interchange in his dreams?

4. How does Ieronym invite the narrator of "Easter Night" to ask about Ieronym's sorrows? How does he hint at his current sorrow?

5. Describe how Olga Ivanovna and her friends treat Osip. How does this turn on Olga?

6. What causes Father Grigory to be so angry with Andreich?

7. Describe Anya's character and how it changes from the beginning of "Anna on the Neck" to the end.

8. How does Grigoriev react to his punishment?

9. What happens to officials who deal with people's suffering, such as judges, policemen, and doctors? How does this affect the innocent?

10. Modest Alexeich admonishes Anya and her family about how a "man must have his responsibilities!" Between Modest, Anya, and her family, who shows responsibilities best?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Peasant Women", Varvara would much rather sin than live the life of an obedient wife of Alyoshka and Sofya is a little envious she did not sin when she was younger. Based on "Peasant Women", what drives women to become "sinful"?

Essay Topic 2

How does familiarity help those in grieving moments? For example, the woman who might have reminded Ieronym of Nikolai (Easter Night), Vanka (Vanka) writing to his grandfather, or Varka (Sleepy Night) dreaming of her late parents. Why is familiarity consoling? Feel free to use other examples as well.

Essay Topic 3

The main character in "Easter Night" reminds Ieronym, a monk, how all people die, and how his friend Nikolai, another monk, is lucky to die on the eve of Easter. Although Ieronym is trained as a monk, how do his reasoning and his heart play contrasting roles as he grieves over Nikolai.

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