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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Whose house has burned to the ground according to the characters in the play?
2. Who is worried that plans have been made to send her away since she seems to be pushed away during the scene?
3. What does Vershin want Masha to do for him in order to keep their connection to each other?
4. Olga says the whole town is gossiping about whom, much to her dismay?
5. Who has shaved off his mustache because someone else did it first?
Essay Topic 1
Within this play are many examples of the number '3' - not just in the title itself. The relevance of the number '3' seems to indicate a pattern within this play and within the lives of its characters.
Part 1: List at least three examples of where the number '3' is shown in the play.
Part 2: What is the significance of the number '3' in this play?
Part 3: What might Chekhov be trying to show the viewer or the reader in using the number '3' so often?
Essay Topic 2
The idea of dreams is one the pervades this play. Everyone has dreams, and few realize them.
Part 1: What are the dreams of each of the characters?
Part 2: What does Chekhov seem to be saying about the idea of dreams and their relevance to happiness?
Part 3: What are some dreams which are realized in the end of the play? Are any truly realized?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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