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 is suddenly embarrassed when the count of people seems to indicate there are lovers at the table?

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 of the sisters knows Italian as an additional language to Russian?

4. Who always brings extravagant presents for the sisters as he feels he loves them as much as their mother did?

5. What does Andrei really want to do with his life? What is his current goal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who seems to be going out, as indicated by their style of dress in the opening of this scene?

2. What is the crude joke Solyony makes about children?

3. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

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

5. Why can't Chebutykin help Andrei with his shortness of breath?

6. What does Masha sarcastically comment when Natasha enters the room with a candle?

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

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

9. What does Olga suggest Irina do in order to regain some happiness in her life?

10. What do Irina and Olga talk about in relation to Moscow and their living situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many tragedies affect the characters of this play - so many that it seems tragic that these characters should endure so much.

Part 1: List the tragedies that take place in this place.

Part 2: Which tragedy is most important or most traumatic to the characters of the play?

Part 3: What do these tragedies symbolize in regards to the characters? How are the characters changed by each tragedy they face?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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