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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, according to Natasha, speaks very bad French?

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

3. Who died exactly a year ago to the day on this Saint's Day, according to the sisters and their memories?

4. Who gives Irina a book detailing the history of the school where her sister teaches?

5. Who is searching to ensure no servants leave candles burning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Kulygin shave off his mustache?

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

5. What does Irina do in response to the action of #13?

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

7. What does Olga tell Anfisa to do in response to the news in #38?

8. What are some of Irina's complaints to Olga when Olga arrives in the scene?

9. Where is the first act of the play set?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Andrei is the brother to the three sisters of the title of this play. But while his role may not be as large, it may be more important.

Part 1: Describe the character of Andrei as he is revealed in the play.

Part 2: Do you think Andrei chose the life he created for himself or were there other reasons for him to be in the life situation he chose?

Part 3: Do you feel sorry for Andrei in this play? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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