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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who begins to weep and says she can't stand her life?
2. Natasha wants the circumstances in #102 to happen so that ______ can have her room.
3. Who complains about how much her head aches and how much money Andrei has lost gambling?
4. Who tells Natasha about her caller in the carriage?
5. When Irina comes in, who suggests they go into the house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The many men who covet the sisters seem to indicate that love is an unpredictable thing, and that love can not always be contained within a marriage.
Part 1: List the married couples in the play. Are they happily married? Why or why not?
Part 2: List the lovers in this play. Are the lover relationships more or less satisfying to the characters? Why or why not?
Part 3: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of love in relation to the structure of being a married couple?
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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