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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Andrew goes to Speranski's for dinner What does he think of him and his company?
(a) He is disappointed at the company's superficial conversation and criticism of everyone.
(b) He is angry at their criticism of people he admires so much.
(c) He is delighted to be in such interesting and illustrious company.
(d) He is surprised at the conversation but he agrees.
2. How does Andrew react to his evening with the Rostovs in St. Petersburg?
(a) He enjoys himself very much but finds them to be too provincial.
(b) He is neither pleased nor displeased with them and pays the call merely out of courtesy.
(c) He is bored by them and has little in common with them.
(d) He enjoys himself, finds them charming, and Natasha's singing moves him nearly to tears.
3. The Rostovs are celebrating at their home in the very beginning of Book One. What is the reason for entertaining guests?
(a) It is Oktoberfest.
(b) It is the name day of the Countess and her daughter, Natasha.
(c) It is the old Count's birthday.
(d) It is Natasha's birthday.
4. At his home, what advice does Prince Andrew give to Pierre?
(a) Never marry.
(b) Marry a wealthy woman.
(c) Study etiquette and the social graces.
(d) Join the army.
5. Who is Anna Pavlovna's guest of honor at her soiree in Part 5?
(a) Hippolyte Kuragin.
(d) Boris Drubetskoy.
6. Prince Nicholas Bolkonsky believes in only two vices and two virtues. What are they?
(a) Illness and remorse and kindness and health.
(b) Idleness and superstition and activity and intelligence.
(c) Pride and gluttony and humility and temperance.
(d) Greed and envy and generosity and patience.
7. What does Hippolyte talk about at Anna Pavlovna's soiree?
(a) He wittily discusses the action at Austerlitz.
(b) He says nothing as he is painfully shy.
(c) He argues with Boris about the brilliance of Napoleon.
(d) He says, "Le Roi de Prusse!", laughs, and repeats himself; it is a joke but a pretty poor one.
8. What makes Nicholas decide to return home on leave?
(a) The countess begs him to come home to cheer up Natasha.
(b) His mother writes him a pleading letter.
(c) Sonya writes to him saying she is releasing him from his promise to marry her.
(d) His father writes to him saying that he is afraid Mitenka, their steward, is cheating him but does not know how to prove it.
9. Why does Anna Mikhaylovna want to take Boris to visit Pierre's father, Count Bezuhov?
(a) She hopes that Pierre's father is well enough to acknowledge Boris if only in his Will.
(b) She wants to ask Pierre's father to lend her money.
(c) She wants Boris to meet the Count.
(d) She wants Boris personally to thank Prince Vasili, a close relative of Pierre's father, who is also there to see the Count.
10. After the Council of War before the battle of Austerlitz, Prince Andrew reflects on what is being said. What are his thoughts?
(a) He is consumed with fear that he may die the next day.
(b) He wanted to contribute but couldn't. He hopes to act on his own and achieve the glory he longs for.
(c) He is shocked at Kutuzov's inattention to it and resents the lack of opportunity to state his ideas.
(d) He is bored by the discussion, wants to change the entire plan.
11. Why does Kutuzov request Andrew to work with him?
(a) He wants Andrew to keep command of the troops as he (Kutuzov) is elderly.
(b) He needs an adjutant.
(c) He wants to keep an eye on him.
(d) He knew Andrew's father and knows Andrew to be a good soldier.
12. How does the Emperor receive Andrew's news about the battle?
(a) He listens to what he says, is happy, but seems to be speaking according to a script.
(b) He is very upset about casualties in the Austrian army.
(c) He pays virtually no attention to anything Andrew has to say, asking only irrelevant questions.
(d) He is happy to hear news of victory.
13. Why does Nicholas need to whisper to his wolf hound?
(a) He does not want the wolf to hear him calling.
(b) He doesn't want the other hunts men to hear.
(c) He doesn't want the other hounds to hear him call to his hound.
(d) All of the above.
14. Dolokhov has been demoted and his superior officers have taken note of his outspokenness. How does the Schon Grabern battle go for him?
(a) He is killed.
(b) His regiment wins their skirmish with the French.
(c) He turns cowardly and hides in some bushes.
(d) He is badly wounded and unable to continue fighting.
15. How does Count Rostov react when he hears about Nicholas' card game?
(a) He initially is agitated but regains his composure, says it will be difficult to raise the money, and leaves the room.
(b) He is pleased that Nicholas has won so much money.
(c) He is excited as he had feared Nicholas would ask him for more money but with such a large win, Nicholas will not need it.
(d) He pays no attention; he is preoccupied with a problem with his steward.
Short Answer Questions
1. Pierre receives two letters, one from Helene and another form his mother-in-law begging for Helene to come to live with him again. What is his response?
2. General Kutuzov does not want his troops to present themselves to the Austrian general in their great coats. Why?
3. What does Count Rostov do when his wife asks him for a large sum of money, 500 rubles?
4. Nicholas is patrolling the lines. What is running through his mind?
5. Who does Dolokhov propose to?
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