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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does the Professor feel serious pain when he wakes up from his sleep?

2. A workman enters the scene and asks for _________ as they need him at the factory.

3. Sonya complains that Vanya has been living on his ___________ while she's been working herself to exhaustion.

4. ________ tells Sonya he will not listen to any phone calls from the Professor anymore.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Sonya come into the room to remind the Professor of?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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