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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 plays on the guitar during this scene as Maria reads the piece of paper?
2. Sonya complains that Vanya has been living on his ___________ while she's been working herself to exhaustion.
3. Telegin points out that he still has __________ while his wife has nothing in her life and decisions.
4. Who notes that the Professor is fine as she sips her tea after Astrov points out he came to see the Professor?
5. ____________ says that even though his wife ran off and left him, he is still faithful to her and to their children.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Sonya come into the room to remind the Professor of?
2. What does Marina recall as she is trying to answer the question of how long she and Astrov have known each other?
3. What does Yelena tell Vanya to do after an awkward moment with Astrov?
4. What happens when the Professor wakes up from his nap at the start of this scene?
5. What is Astrov's reasoning behind his constant drinking when Marina asks him about this habit?
6. What are some of the reasons Vanya gives for not being able to sleep at night?
7. When Marina asks Telegin where the gun is, what does Telegin reply to her?
8. What does Astrov return to the room with after Sonya has coaxed him into coming over to them?
9. What has Vanya supposedly stolen from Astrov, according to Astrov's accusation?
10. What does Vanya say in his soliloquy about the Professor before the current time and how they supported each other?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The blatant alcoholism of Astrov makes him a character with whom many do not sympathize.
Part 1: Why is Astrov always using alcohol to solve his problems?
Part 2: Do you think alcohol is the only way for some people to handle problems in their life? Why or why not?
Part 3: What else might Astrov do in order to handle the struggles of his life?
Essay Topic 2
There is some discussion amongst literary reviewers and critics that this play is actually an example of society at that time in Russia, with the characters portraying the various classes.
Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to create a play to talk about social issues?
Part 2: Do you think plays have the ability to change society as a whole? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you agree that the play is a representation of society at that time? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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