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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 is suddenly embarrassed when the count of people seems to indicate there are lovers at the table?

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

3. Who is the new commander of the military in the town where the sisters reside?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Irina do in response to the action of #13?

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

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

9. What does Masha recall to be the nickname of Vershinin when they were younger?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The meaning of life is something that also begins to emerge as a theme in this play. Each character is searching for something, but what that 'something' is remains to be clear at times.

Part 1: What is Olga's sense of the meaning of life? How has she defined what makes her life worth living?

Part 2: What is Masha's sense of the meaning of life? How has her definition changed before and after Vershinin?

Part 3: What is Irina's hope in life causing her to do? She has hope for the future, but does that hinder her search for meaning or help it? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

When Irina reveals she has never loved, it seems to be a sad statement of her life and her future.

Part 1: Do you think Irina has truly never loved? Why or why not?

Part 2: What characters do seem capable of love? Why did you choose these characters?

Part 3: What does the idea of love seem to create in this play? In terms of those that do profess love, what happens to them?

Essay Topic 3

The many men who covet the sisters seem to indicate that love is an unpredictable thing, and that love can not always be contained within a marriage.

Part 1: List the married couples in the play. Are they happily married? Why or why not?

Part 2: List the lovers in this play. Are the lover relationships more or less satisfying to the characters? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of love in relation to the structure of being a married couple?

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