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

2. Who pours the tea when the samovar arrives?

3. Who has not paid any rent in months according to Masha and Irina's conversation?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where is the entire military contingent being posted?

3. Why can't Chebutykin help Andrei with his shortness of breath?

4. Who believes that life ultimately has no meaning?

5. What are some of Irina's complaints to Olga when Olga arrives in the scene?

6. What does Natasha search for in this scene?

7. What does Natasha chatter about when she comes into this scene?

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

9. What is Masha angry about in relation to her brother?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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