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 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
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 celebration seems to be one that doesn't necessarily bring joy to the characters.
Part 1: Describe the celebrations that take place in this play.
Part 2: What causes these celebrations to be less than celebratory?
Part 3: Do you think the characters want to have celebrations and joy in their lives? Why or why not?
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