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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who becomes angry when Vanya says they have decided to live at the house?

2. What is Marina knitting when the scene opens during the first act of the play?

3. Astrov says that he drinks because __________ is a dull, stupid, dirty business.

4. The Professor believes that as he grows older he is becoming more ___________ to himself and to others.

5. Astrov and Vanya both comment on the beauty of ___________ as well as on the overcoat of the Professor.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Astrov admit to Yelena in reference to his feelings about Sonya when Yelena asks him?

2. Why does Vanya protest the announcement and the decision the Professor makes in his announcement?

3. What does Yelena tell Vanya to do after an awkward moment with Astrov?

4. When Sonya returns, what does Astrov say he needs to do so he has to leave the room?

5. What is Marina doing as she is sitting at the start of the play in a country home in Russia?

6. What does Yelena say when Vanya comments that she staggers as she walks from sheer laziness?

7. What happens when the Professor wakes up from his nap at the start of this scene?

8. What does the workman request when he walks into the scene where the rest of the characters are?

9. Who comes into the house from the woods as Astrov, Marina, and Vanya all stand or sit in the main room?

10. What does the Professor tell Marina as soon as he walks into the house without being let inside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various characters at various times talk about how they regret many things they have not done.

Part 1: Why do you think the characters are suddenly regretting things in the course of this play?

Part 2: Do you think a person should express their regrets? Why or why not?

Part 3: How might one avoid having regrets in one's life? Is this an impossible task?

Essay Topic 2

In this play, there are instances of love that has gone unrequited, though some of the people know about the feelings others have for them.

Part 1: Why do you think these characters have hesitated in being with the ones they truly love?

Part 2: Do you think it's too late for these lovers to do anything about their feelings? Why or why not?

Part 3: What might have happened in the play if everyone was with the person they loved?

Essay Topic 3

Marina notes that God will continue to think about the people of the future, even if the people of the future don't think much of the past.

Part 1: Why do you think the past is so important for Astrov in this play?

Part 2: Why do you think Marina keeps a positive outlook about how people will be remembered in the future?

Part 3: What does this play have to say about the past and the future? Is the play positive or negative about time in general?

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