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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. Where would Andrei like to be a famous lecturer if he were to have his way?

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

3. Who pours the tea when the samovar arrives?

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

5. Who does Solyony joke about being dead, shot by him in 25 years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ferapont demanding of Andrei?

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

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

4. What does Natasha search for in this scene?

5. What does Tusenbach explain to Irina he has to do before he comes right back?

6. What are the sisters celebrating when the play begins?

7. Who talks about how much he loves Irina?

8. What is the celebration taking place at the time of this particular scene?

9. What does Natasha chatter about when she comes into this scene?

10. What is Andrei's dream, according to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Solyony is aggressive in his profession of love for Irina, but the reader gets the sense that this may not be as honest as it seems.

Part 1: In what ways does Solyony profess his love for Irina?

Part 2: Do you believe Solyony really loves Irina? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think Solyony is capable of love? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What's interesting about this play is that the men are just as flawed as the women in their actions and in their ideas.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the emotional natures of the men and the women in this play.

Part 2: Does it seem the men are 'typical' men or are they different from the stereotypical male characters? If they are different, explain how. if they are the same, explain that answer.

Part 3: Does Chekhov seem to be saying that the sexes are equal in relation to their experience of life? Support your answer.

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