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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Napoleon react to Balashev when they first meet?
(a) He says that the war with Russia was forced by Russia's alliance with England.
(b) He questions him with hostility on the changes in demands that Alexander has made.
(c) He is at first extremely polite but then he tells Balashev that he will take Russia.
(d) He is extremely rude to him and says that his coming is pointless as Napoleon will take Russia to unify Europe.
2. The French doctor, Metivier, goes to visit with the old Prince Bolkonsky. What is the result?
(a) The old prince becomes convinced that he is a spy and makes him leave.
(b) The old prince is delighted at his coming and spends the entire evening talking mostly to him.
(c) The old prince becomes quite friendly with him but then gets upset when he pays attention to Mlle. Bourienne.
(d) As it is the old Prince's name day, he has so many visitors that he is unaware of his presence.
3. Who is in the force which comes and liberates Pierre?
(a) All of the above.
4. Why does Tolstoy think Napoleon started the war with Russia?
(a) He was consumed with self-adulation and thought he would make a better nation if Russia is part of it
(b) He could not resist going to Dresden, he puts on a Polish uniform, and he frequently loses his temper.
(c) He wanted to unify Europe and since Russia close by, it became imperative to include it.
(d) He was afraid and angered by Russia allying itself with England.
5. What happens to Kutuzov after he sees the Tsar at Vilna?
(a) He leaves Russia to retire in a sunny place.
(b) He is sent by the Tsar to act as ambassador to France.
(c) He dies.
(d) He goes home and writes his memoirs.
6. How does Kutuzov react to Lauriston's coming to see him to negotiate peace?
(a) He says he will be forever condemned by history if he negotiates peace with the French.
(b) In a rare moment of fury, he tells Lauriston to get out and that he will never consider any sort of treaty with Napoleon.
(c) He wants to negotiate but he knows the Tsar will remove him from his position as commander-in-chief.
(d) He would like to negotiate to prevent further loss of life but thinks perhaps the time is not right and wants to wait until the French are in even more difficult straits.
7. How does Napoleon regard Moscow before he and his troops enter the city?
(a) He is amazed at how crude and unlike European cities it is and wants to raze it and make it like a European city.
(b) He is struck by its strange beauty and unique architecture and wants to give its people a good government.
(c) He looks upon it as a unique city but does not care if its barbaric architecture is saved or preserved.
(d) He regards it with deference but is determined to alter as many of its architectural flaws as possible.
8. How does Kutuzov react when he hears that the French have left Moscow?
(a) He is pleased but still worried about upcoming battles.
(b) He has expected it all along.
(c) He thanks God and weeps.
(d) He is unusually angry that the Tsar and his staff have not had faith in him.
9. Who does Andrew meet outside of Kutuzov's quarters after the French have taken Smolensk?
10. How do the French react to the ringing of bells when they enter Moscow?
(a) They are confused and wonder what the bells mean.
(b) They are disturbed because they do not know the bells are ringing for vespers.
(c) They are joyful at such a pleasant sound thinking that the Russians are welcoming them.
(d) They are pleased to hear them and think that services are still being held even though the city has been conquered.
11. Who does Alpatych meet when he goes to Smolensk?
(a) Prince Bagration.
(b) Prince Andrew.
12. Seven years after the war with France, how is Alexander regarded?
(a) He is looked upon with no respect for his mistakes with Napoleon.
(b) He is regarded as a sovereign who did his best but his enthusiasm and youth hindered his judgment.
(c) He is well esteemed for his desire to flog the invaders despite the actual outcome.
(d) He is highly respected for all the good he has done for Russian since that time.
13. What does Kutuzov say to his troops at the end of his speech before the battle of Krasnoe?
(a) "They will leave Russia if we chase them or not!"
(b) None of the above.
(c) "I know you will all do your best for the Fatherland!"
(d) "But after all who asked them here? Serves them right, the bloody bastards!"
14. Why does Pierre leave St. Petersburg for Moscow?
(a) He goes there to attend to matters on his estate there.
(b) He is depressed living with Helene and goes to Moscow to get away from her.
(c) Prince Andrew has come back from abroad and invites Pierre to visit him in Moscow.
(d) His carousing behavior is embarrassing to Helene, so she asks him to leave.
15. What does Napoleon say to Balashev after dinner about Alexander?
(a) He notes that he is sitting in the same room Alexander had been in four days before as if to indicate his (Napoleon's) superiority.
(b) All of the above.
(c) He says he doesn't understand why Alexander has surrounded himself with Napoleon's personal enemies.
(d) He says that he will drive all of his enemies out and that they can go to Russia.
Short Answer Questions
1. Boris is at a ball dancing with Helene at Vilna. Who arrives to speak with the tsar?
2. Why does Kutuzov need to worry about his staff when the Tsar writes to rebuke him in early October?
3. How does Natasha react when Anatole tells her he is in love with her?
4. After the end of the war, when does Pierre say he will go to St. Petersburg?
5. In Tolstoy's mathematical problem, what kind of animal is Achilles trying to catch up with?
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