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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many sections of the town have been destroyed according to reports in the scene?
2. Who comes in, looking for Masha twice during the end of the scene?
3. To whom does Tusenbach say he has to say goodbye?
4. Who wants to get rid of Anfisa, calling her someone who is unnecessary since this character does all the work around the house anyway?
5. Who is called along to attend the duel to make sure it is a clean fight?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
The ending of the play leaves the reader/viewer wondering if the sisters will every be truly happy in their lives.
Part 1: Describe the last scene of the play, what happens, and what the sisters are feeling.
Part 2: Do you have hope for the sisters at the end of the play? Why or why not?
Part 3: In terms of the family connection, do you think that's the only thing that matters in the end of the play? Why or why not? What does this ending seem to tell the reader/viewer about hope, about love, and about dreams?
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