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

2. Who was born and raised in an aristocratic family?

3. Who invites everyone to dinner within this particular scene?

4. From what country or city is Vershinin from?

5. Where exactly is the sisters' mother buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the final act of the play set?

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

3. What is the celebration taking place at the time of this particular scene?

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

5. What does Natasha chatter about when she comes into this scene?

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

7. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

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

9. Who talks about how much he loves Irina?

10. Why doesn't Natasha want the maskers to come?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Irina reveals she has never loved, it seems to be a sad statement of her life and her future.

Part 1: Do you think Irina has truly never loved? Why or why not?

Part 2: What characters do seem capable of love? Why did you choose these characters?

Part 3: What does the idea of love seem to create in this play? In terms of those that do profess love, what happens to them?

Essay Topic 2

Masha is one of the more outspoken sisters, and in doing so, she seems to give the reader/viewer a better idea as to the relationships between the sisters.

Part 1: Describe the character of Masha.

Part 2: Compare and contrast Irina to Masha.

Part 3: What is Masha's purpose in the play? What do her actions create within the context of the play? Does she seem to be a likable character? A likable sister?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of loneliness is one that seems to float into each scene of the play. Each character seems to have their own definition of how they experience this separation from others.

Part 1: Choose two characters who have experienced loneliness and describe their experiences.

Part 2: Does loneliness seem to strengthen these characters or weaken them? Support your answer.

Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about loneliness in its effect on the sisters? Is loneliness a good or a bad thing?

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