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

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

3. Who is in love with Masha although it is a bit of scandal that he does?

4. Who is the 'lovesick major' the sisters used to tease with that nickname?

5. Who says again that life will never change when they are discussing the idea of what will be in 200 years?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the subject of Vershinin's long speech?

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

5. What have Kulygin and Masha been invited to do?

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

7. What is the rumor that is bothering Irina?

8. Where is the entire military contingent being posted?

9. What does Tusenbach tell Irina as he kisses her goodbye?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of the army is one that continues to be seen throughout this play, whether in the lives of the characters or in the background of other events which take place.

Part 1: How is the army and the military revealed in this play?

Part 2: Does the military life seem to be one that is positive of negative? Support your answer.

Part 3: In the end, does the military seem to be a positive influence in the play? Does it seem to create hope or misery for the characters? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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