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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 has come to the sisters' house with a message from the council?

2. Who plays the piano and entertains the others as a result?

3. How long ago did the family leave Moscow to come to the provincial area where they are now settled?

4. What is the name of the child over whom Natasha worries excessively?

5. Who becomes tearful by how old Vershinin looks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who believes that life ultimately has no meaning?

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

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

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

10. Where is the sisters' mother buried?

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

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

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?

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