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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who picks a fight with Tusenbach over the love of Irina?
2. Who says, "To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!" which is not a surprising sentiment from this particular character?
3. Who comments they forgot to say goodbye to him?
4. Where is the final scene set in Act 4, Part 1?
5. What does Natasha carry as she passes through the scene, causing Masha to accuse her of setting the fires?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The theme of loneliness is one that seems to float into each scene of the play. Each character seems to have their own definition of how they experience this separation from others.
Part 1: Choose two characters who have experienced loneliness and describe their experiences.
Part 2: Does loneliness seem to strengthen these characters or weaken them? Support your answer.
Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about loneliness in its effect on the sisters? Is loneliness a good or a bad thing?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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