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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who comes in, looking for Masha twice during the end of the scene?
2. Who tells Tusenback to go out of the house in order to give other characters some privacy?
3. Who does Irina discover has fallen asleep when she enters in this scene?
4. Who talks happily about her life with Olga in the apartment above the schoolhouse?
5. Who is very drunk when he enters in this scene, which is no surprise to the others, although they do try to let him alone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Olga is a curious sister in this play, with many unique attributes and ideas about life.
Part 1: Describe the character of Olga.
Part 2: Compare and contrast Olga to Natasha.
Part 3: Summarize the events which take place in Olga's life during the play. What do her experiences have to say about who she is and what her importance to the play is?
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
What's interesting about this play is that the men are just as flawed as the women in their actions and in their ideas.
Part 1: Compare and contrast the emotional natures of the men and the women in this play.
Part 2: Does it seem the men are 'typical' men or are they different from the stereotypical male characters? If they are different, explain how. if they are the same, explain that answer.
Part 3: Does Chekhov seem to be saying that the sexes are equal in relation to their experience of life? Support your answer.
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