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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. Vanya says that he is so __________ with himself for not making more of his life.

2. Where is the beginning of Act Two set as the play opens again?

3. Who comes in to remind the Professor that he asked to see Astrov?

4. Astrov predicts that by the time it stops ______________, the horse and carriage will be ready.

5. The Professors tells Vanya to go, that they used to be ____________ and will talk another time.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Vanya say in his soliloquy about the Professor before the current time and how they supported each other?

4. What does Vanya say in response to the Professor's apology to him after he too apologizes?

5. What is the other function of Vanya's bedroom in the opening of this final act of the play?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Sonya ask Yelena to help her with in regards to her relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yelena points out that Vanya should spend more time and energy creating harmony.

Part 1: Why do you think Yelena points out that Vanya should spend more time on creating harmony?

Part 2: How might Vanya begin to create more harmony in his own life?

Part 3: Do you think you spend your time and energy on creating harmony? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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