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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 suggests they imagine what like will be like in 200 years?

2. Who plays the piano and entertains the others as a result?

3. Who gives Irina some crayons to play with, making her feel again like she is treated like a child?

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

5. What is said to be far away, though no one knows why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Where does Olga long to be?

6. What is the new job Tusenbach reveals he will start soon?

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

8. What have Kulygin and Masha been invited to do?

9. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

10. What happens, according to Tusenbach, when Solyony is around people?

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 role of the army is one that continues to be seen throughout this play, whether in the lives of the characters or in the background of other events which take place.

Part 1: How is the army and the military revealed in this play?

Part 2: Does the military life seem to be one that is positive of negative? Support your answer.

Part 3: In the end, does the military seem to be a positive influence in the play? Does it seem to create hope or misery for the characters? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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