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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 does Solyony joke about being dead, shot by him in 25 years?
2. Where exactly is the sisters' mother buried?
3. Who gives Irina a book detailing the history of the school where her sister teaches?
4. What does Andrei really want to do with his life? What is his current goal?
5. Who becomes tearful by how old Vershinin looks?
Short Essay Questions
1. Name the Prozoroff sisters.
2. What is the setting and the time of the opening of Act 3, Part 1?
3. Where is the final act of the play set?
4. What is the celebration taking place at the time of this particular scene?
5. Where is the sisters' mother buried?
6. What does Tusenback reveal to Masha?
7. What does Natasha chatter about when she comes into this scene?
8. What does Tusenbach tell Irina to ask the servants to do?
9. How has Andrei changed since being with Natasha?
10. What does Masha recall to be the nickname of Vershinin when they were younger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The family relationship is one that also seems important in this play, both in its presentation and in its effects on others.
Part 1: Describe the family relationship in this play. Who is involved?
Part 2: What importance do the parents of the sisters seem to have for their current experience? How do the dead parents affect the sisters now?
Part 3: Does Chekhov seem to be saying that family is all you need? Why or why not?
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
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?
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