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 says she comes from a family that has always despised work?

2. Which sister works at the school with the answer to #37?

3. Which one of these characters is the Chairman of the District Council?

4. Who does Masha joke is starting to look like a boy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tusenback reveal to Masha?

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

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

4. When Irina says she hopes to see Fedotik and Rode again, Fedotik says they will not. Why is that?

5. How has Andrei changed since being with Natasha?

6. Who recalls how beautiful the sisters' mother used to be?

7. What does Chebutykin reveal to Irina in the end?

8. What does Kulygin do when he enters at the beginning of this scene?

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

10. Where is the first act of the play set?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of dreams is one the pervades this play. Everyone has dreams, and few realize them.

Part 1: What are the dreams of each of the characters?

Part 2: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of dreams and their relevance to happiness?

Part 3: What are some dreams which are realized in the end of the play? Are any truly realized?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of loneliness is one that seems to float into each scene of the play. Each character seems to have their own definition of how they experience this separation from others.

Part 1: Choose two characters who have experienced loneliness and describe their experiences.

Part 2: Does loneliness seem to strengthen these characters or weaken them? Support your answer.

Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about loneliness in its effect on the sisters? Is loneliness a good or a bad thing?

Essay Topic 3

Within this play are many examples of the number '3' - not just in the title itself. The relevance of the number '3' seems to indicate a pattern within this play and within the lives of its characters.

Part 1: List at least three examples of where the number '3' is shown in the play.

Part 2: What is the significance of the number '3' in this play?

Part 3: What might Chekhov be trying to show the viewer or the reader in using the number '3' so often?

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