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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 does Yelena admit to being interested in as she and Sonya talk about relationships?

2. Yelena points out that __________ is obviously in love with Astrov, but she is too shy to talk to him about it.

3. Sonya talks about how Astrov feels that where __________ are well-tended, the people are more artisitic.

4. Vanya notes that he used to idolize _________, though he does not anymore.

5. What does Maria say that Vanya used to have, but does not have anymore - and Vanya agrees with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the memory that Astrov becomes lost in as he is talking with Marina?

2. What does Vanya tell Yelena about the storm that is about to be upon them?

3. What are some of the things Sonya suggests Yelena do if she is really as bored as she seems?

4. What is Astrov's reasoning behind his constant drinking when Marina asks him about this habit?

5. How does Astrov describe the project that he has been working on when he walks into the room?

6. What is another function of the bedroom as indicated by the play's details?

7. What is Vanya's complaint about his life since the Professor and his wife arrived at the house?

8. What does Astrov return to the room with after Sonya has coaxed him into coming over to them?

9. Why doesn't Astrov leave the scene when Vanya asks him to leave?

10. What does Marina offer to Astrov as he paces during the opening scene of the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The storm seems to be a symbol of the anger and frustration in the group of people in the play.

Part 1: Why do you think a storm is a good representation of conflict amongst people? Or isn't it?

Part 2: Do you think the group of people changes after the storm passes? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think Chekhov decided to use the storm in the play versus another event?

Essay Topic 2

At many points of this play, the characters seem to be ready to argue with each other over even the littlest things.

Part 1: Why do you think the characters feel the need to argue so often?

Part 2: Why do you think the characters don't talk about things in a calmer and more reasonable manner?

Part 3: How might the play change if people were to speak to each other in a more mature fashion?

Essay Topic 3

The scene in which Vanya tries to shoot the Professor is a dramatic one, though it does not result in death or even in change.

Part 1: Why do you think Vanya tried to shoot the Professor, twice, in this scene?

Part 2: Do you think Vanya intended to hurt the Professor? Why or why not?

Part 3: What else might Vanya have done to persuade the Professor? Why?

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