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

2. Who thinks it's useless to know so many languages?

3. Who, according to Natasha, speaks very bad French?

4. Natasha wonders if the mismatching clothes are some sort of __________.

5. Who carries a large cake as he comes in to visit with the sisters in their home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Andrei been chosen to do by Protopopov?

2. What do Irina and Olga talk about in relation to Moscow and their living situation?

3. What are the sisters celebrating when the play begins?

4. What does Masha do as she is reading, which prompts Olga to tell her to stop?

5. What is Masha's response to #27?

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

7. When Tusenbach says he knows Irina does not love him, how does she respond?

8. Why does Chebutykin never marry, according to him?

9. Why can't Chebutykin help Andrei with his shortness of breath?

10. What does Vershinin suggest he, Tusenbach, and Masha do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Within this play are many examples of the number '3' - not just in the title itself. The relevance of the number '3' seems to indicate a pattern within this play and within the lives of its characters.

Part 1: List at least three examples of where the number '3' is shown in the play.

Part 2: What is the significance of the number '3' in this play?

Part 3: What might Chekhov be trying to show the viewer or the reader in using the number '3' so often?

Essay Topic 3

The character of Natasha is often a catalyst for other characters in the story, or at least a focus point for criticism.

Part 1: Describe the character of Natasha.

Part 2: What do the sisters each think of Natasha? Do you feel they are well-founded in their ideas about her?

Part 3: Why do you think Natasha is so concerned about her children? What does this say about Natasha's confidence in herself and in the world?

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