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. Which of the women in the play describes herself as a little white bird?

2. Solyony jokes that _______ is made of cockroaches.

3. What does Vershinin learn from the note he receives?

4. Who does Tusenbach try to make peace with although it doesn't seem to be successful?

5. Who died exactly a year ago to the day on this Saint's Day, according to the sisters and their memories?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name the Prozoroff sisters.

2. Why doesn't Natasha want the maskers to come?

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

4. Where does Olga long to be?

5. Why did Kulygin shave off his mustache?

6. What does Tusenbach tell Irina to ask the servants to do?

7. What is Anfisa worried about after Olga talks to her?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The family relationship is one that also seems important in this play, both in its presentation and in its effects on others.

Part 1: Describe the family relationship in this play. Who is involved?

Part 2: What importance do the parents of the sisters seem to have for their current experience? How do the dead parents affect the sisters now?

Part 3: Does Chekhov seem to be saying that family is all you need? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The character of Natasha is often a catalyst for other characters in the story, or at least a focus point for criticism.

Part 1: Describe the character of Natasha.

Part 2: What do the sisters each think of Natasha? Do you feel they are well-founded in their ideas about her?

Part 3: Why do you think Natasha is so concerned about her children? What does this say about Natasha's confidence in herself and in the world?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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