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 invites everyone to dinner within this particular scene?

2. Who have the sisters been teasing for being in love with a girl who is engaged?

3. Whose clothes do not match, a fact which is pointed out by another character in the play?

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

5. Who suggests they imagine what like will be like in 200 years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tusenback reveal to Masha?

2. What does Vershinin suggest he, Tusenbach, and Masha do?

3. When Tusenbach says he knows Irina does not love him, how does she respond?

4. What is the setting and the time of the opening of Act 3, Part 1?

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

6. What is heard as Olga calls everyone to lunch?

7. What does the maid come in and tell Natasha?

8. Why does Chebutykin never marry, according to him?

9. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

10. What is Masha's response to #27?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Olga is a curious sister in this play, with many unique attributes and ideas about life.

Part 1: Describe the character of Olga.

Part 2: Compare and contrast Olga to Natasha.

Part 3: Summarize the events which take place in Olga's life during the play. What do her experiences have to say about who she is and what her importance to the play is?

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

The setting of the play doesn't change much from beginning to end. This causes the viewer/reader to focus more on the interactions than on the space in which these interactions take place.

Part 1: List the settings of the play.

Part 2: Discuss why Chekhov may have wanted to keep the settings to a minimum. What might this achieve?

Part 3: How do you think the setting, or lack thereof, has affected the mood of this play?

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