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 whistles quietly to herself as she reads during the opening part of the play?

2. What is going on during this particular time period of the scene?

3. Who does Masha joke is starting to look like a boy?

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

5. How long ago did the family leave Moscow to come to the provincial area where they are now settled?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Anfisa worried about after Olga talks to her?

2. What does Tusenbach explain to Irina he has to do before he comes right back?

3. Name the Prozoroff sisters.

4. What does Tusenbach tell Irina as he kisses her goodbye?

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

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

7. Who talks about how much he loves Irina?

8. What is the big news that is revealed in this scene's opening?

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

10. Why did Kulygin shave off his mustache?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting of the play doesn't change much from beginning to end. This causes the viewer/reader to focus more on the interactions than on the space in which these interactions take place.

Part 1: List the settings of the play.

Part 2: Discuss why Chekhov may have wanted to keep the settings to a minimum. What might this achieve?

Part 3: How do you think the setting, or lack thereof, has affected the mood of this play?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Olga is a curious sister in this play, with many unique attributes and ideas about life.

Part 1: Describe the character of Olga.

Part 2: Compare and contrast Olga to Natasha.

Part 3: Summarize the events which take place in Olga's life during the play. What do her experiences have to say about who she is and what her importance to the play is?

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