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 seems to have a hearing problem as evidenced by the need for other characters to repeat themselves?

2. To whom does Vershinin tell the story of the prisoner who did not notice the beauty of bird song until he was incarcerated?

3. Which one of these characters is the Chairman of the District Council?

4. Who is the one sister who wouldn't be able to go back to Moscow?

5. When Irina turns down the book, to whom is the book next given?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has Andrei been chosen to do by Protopopov?

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

4. When Irina says she hopes to see Fedotik and Rode again, Fedotik says they will not. Why is that?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens a year ago to the day at the opening of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of celebration seems to be one that doesn't necessarily bring joy to the characters.

Part 1: Describe the celebrations that take place in this play.

Part 2: What causes these celebrations to be less than celebratory?

Part 3: Do you think the characters want to have celebrations and joy in their lives? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Faith is something that also pervades this play, showing up in moments where the characters feel they have to persevere as they believe in something better.

Part 1: How do the male characters in this play experience or share their ideas of faith with each other and with the reader/viewer?

Part 2: How do the female characters in this play experience or share their ideas of faith with each other and with the reader/viewer?

Part 3: What does this play seem to offer about faith? Is it a worthwhile thing or something that only leads to disappointment? Support your answer.

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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