Stories of Anton Chekov Test | Final 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. Whom does Marya bring with her to visit Bishop Pyotr?

2. What brings Anna back home to her husband?

3. How does the coroner end up at von Taunitz's?

4. Who is the only person who can behave comfortably around Bishop Pyotr?

5. What does Lyzhin do for the beadle when he sees him at von Taunitz's?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "On Official Business", the coroner has a dream about the beadle and the Zemstvo walking side by side. Write a brief interpretation of this dream.

2. What does Korolev theorize is the cause of imbalance between the strong and the weak?

3. How does Olga become committed to Sasha?

4. Why does Alekhin and Burkin not enjoy Ivan Ivanych's story about gooseberries?

5. What is life like for Pyotr?

6. How does Korolev show judgment on the Lialikovs?

7. In "At Christmastime", what kind of family life does Vasilisa's daughter have in Petersburg? How does this affect her relationship with her parents?

8. In "The Lady with the Little Dog", how does Dmitri Dmitrich Gurov view women?

9. How is Pyotr different as a person and as a bishop?

10. How are the homes of Lida and the artist, from "The House with the Mezzanine", symbolic of their respective personalities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From "Small Fry", explain why Nevyrazimov momentarily feels better when he crushes something smaller than himself. How does this alleviate the pains of his life?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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