Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is Marina doing as she is sitting at the start of the play in a country home in Russia?
Marina is sitting at a table set for tea while knitting a stocking at the start of the play.
2. What does Marina offer to Astrov as he paces during the opening scene of the play?
Marine offers Astrov tea in the opening of the play, but he refuses. She then offers him vodka.
3. What does Marina recall as she is trying to answer the question of how long she and Astrov have known each other?
Marina notes that Astrov has changed a lot; he is older, less attractive, and he likes his vodka.
4. What is Astrov's reasoning behind his constant drinking when Marina asks him about this habit?
Astrov says that he drinks more because he is tired from working all the time.
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