The Three Sisters 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. Which of the women in the play describes herself as a little white bird?

2. Who is suddenly embarrassed when the count of people seems to indicate there are lovers at the table?

3. What is the gift that arrives for the sisters from the answer to #16?

4. Who has come to the sisters' house with a message from the council?

5. Who is upset because one of his daughters is unwell and his wife is in a very bad mood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subject of Vershinin's long speech?

2. What does Kulygin do when he enters at the beginning of this scene?

3. What does Olga suggest Irina do in order to regain some happiness in her life?

4. Where is the entire military contingent being posted?

5. What does Masha recall to be the nickname of Vershinin when they were younger?

6. What does Andrei do in the background throughout the scene?

7. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

8. Who seems to be going out, as indicated by their style of dress in the opening of this scene?

9. What is the new job Tusenbach reveals he will start soon?

10. What is Natasha worried about in relation to Sophie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The many men who covet the sisters seem to indicate that love is an unpredictable thing, and that love can not always be contained within a marriage.

Part 1: List the married couples in the play. Are they happily married? Why or why not?

Part 2: List the lovers in this play. Are the lover relationships more or less satisfying to the characters? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of love in relation to the structure of being a married couple?

Essay Topic 2

Solyony is aggressive in his profession of love for Irina, but the reader gets the sense that this may not be as honest as it seems.

Part 1: In what ways does Solyony profess his love for Irina?

Part 2: Do you believe Solyony really loves Irina? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think Solyony is capable of love? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of dreams is one the pervades this play. Everyone has dreams, and few realize them.

Part 1: What are the dreams of each of the characters?

Part 2: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of dreams and their relevance to happiness?

Part 3: What are some dreams which are realized in the end of the play? Are any truly realized?

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