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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who professes his love for Masha, which he tends to do quite often?
2. How long will it be until Vershinin's wife and daughters can follow him?
3. Who is lying on the sofa as Olga and Anfisa enter?
4. In how many duels has Solyony already been?
5. Who does Natasha say looks tired, which is a statement she has made before about the same character?
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
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
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?
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