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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 seems to have a hearing problem as evidenced by the need for other characters to repeat themselves?

2. To whom does Vershinin tell the story of the prisoner who did not notice the beauty of bird song until he was incarcerated?

3. Which one of these characters is the Chairman of the District Council?

4. Who is the one sister who wouldn't be able to go back to Moscow?

5. When Irina turns down the book, to whom is the book next given?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Irina says she hopes to see Fedotik and Rode again, Fedotik says they will not. Why is that?

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

6. What does Tusenbach tell Irina to ask the servants to do?

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

8. What is Masha angry about in relation to her brother?

9. Who recalls how beautiful the sisters' mother used to be?

10. What happens a year ago to the day at the opening of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The ending of the play leaves the reader/viewer wondering if the sisters will every be truly happy in their lives.

Part 1: Describe the last scene of the play, what happens, and what the sisters are feeling.

Part 2: Do you have hope for the sisters at the end of the play? Why or why not?

Part 3: In terms of the family connection, do you think that's the only thing that matters in the end of the play? Why or why not? What does this ending seem to tell the reader/viewer about hope, about love, and about dreams?

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