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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What are the firefighters asking for permission to do?
2. Who says that marriage is boring and something another character should not worry about trying to find?
3. What language can the answer to #132 not remember anymore, showing her lack of connection to passion in her life?
4. To whom does Tusenbach say he has to say goodbye?
5. Who says he got married in hopes of being happy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The role of the army is one that continues to be seen throughout this play, whether in the lives of the characters or in the background of other events which take place.
Part 1: How is the army and the military revealed in this play?
Part 2: Does the military life seem to be one that is positive of negative? Support your answer.
Part 3: In the end, does the military seem to be a positive influence in the play? Does it seem to create hope or misery for the characters? Support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
The character of Natasha is often a catalyst for other characters in the story, or at least a focus point for criticism.
Part 1: Describe the character of Natasha.
Part 2: What do the sisters each think of Natasha? Do you feel they are well-founded in their ideas about her?
Part 3: Why do you think Natasha is so concerned about her children? What does this say about Natasha's confidence in herself and in the world?
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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