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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What happens to Mary when she is leaving Bogucharovo for Moscow?
(a) The peasants on the land whom Andrew has freed refuse to let her leave.
(b) The French enter the home and prevent her from leaving.
(c) The peasants on the land riot, destroy her carts and keep her and Mlle. Bourienne confined to the house.
(d) Mlle. Bourienne persuades Mary to stay at Bogucharovo but the peasants do not want them there.
2. What does Pierre find about himself while walking and when being still?
(a) He is indifferent to either and just does what he must to survive.
(b) When he is marching he is afraid of the French killing a prisoner who can't keep up but when he stops, he feels more secure.
(c) He finds that now he has no reason to afraid, for as Platon has said, "Suffer an hour, live for an age!"
(d) His feet hurt, but when he marches the pain leaves.
3. What has caused Helene's illness?
(a) She has contracted an illness from her reckless behavior with men.
(b) She has angina pectoris.
(c) The "inconvenience" of having married two men.
(d) She has taken too much of a certain drug.
4. What does Kutuzov say to his troops at the end of his speech before the battle of Krasnoe?
(a) "But after all who asked them here? Serves them right, the bloody bastards!"
(b) "They will leave Russia if we chase them or not!"
(c) "I know you will all do your best for the Fatherland!"
(d) None of the above.
5. Natasha receives a letter. What does it say and who is it from?
(a) It is from Anatole declaring his love for her and saying that he has two choices: to be loved by her or to die.
(b) It is from Pierre warning her not to trust Anatole.
(c) It is from Anatole asking if Natasha will meet him secretly later in the evening.
(d) It is from Prince Andrew saying that he is about to return to Russia, and he has decided to marry her as soon as he returns.
6. When Pierre has difficulty getting on a horse to ride with a general, how does the staff react to the sight of him?
(a) They are annoyed at first but when they see his determination to continue, they are impressed.
(b) They are amused at his size but also impressed with the civilian who wants to see the war.
(c) They laugh at him.
(d) They are derisive and unpleasant about his presence.
7. How do the French react to the ringing of bells when they enter Moscow?
(a) They are pleased to hear them and think that services are still being held even though the city has been conquered.
(b) They are confused and wonder what the bells mean.
(c) They are disturbed because they do not know the bells are ringing for vespers.
(d) They are joyful at such a pleasant sound thinking that the Russians are welcoming them.
8. How is the death of Bagration received in St. Petersburg?
(a) No one really is terribly upset as he had made himself terribly unpopular for expressing his frank opinion of Barclay de Tolly.
(b) As he is among three well-known and liked men who die in the same battle, he is mourned equally with them.
(c) Not much is said because everyone is sad about the death of Kutaysov.
(d) Everyone is deeply grieved, as he has done so much for the war effort and all his troops loved him.
9. Who is the "King of Rome"?
(a) Napoleon's son.
(d) Barclay de Tolly.
10. In Tolstoy's mathematical problem, what kind of animal is Achilles trying to catch up with?
(a) A tortoise.
(b) A snail.
(c) None of the above.
(d) A hare.
11. How does little Nicholas appear at the end of the book?
(a) He looks exactly like his mother with her same desires for social interaction but also has some deep waters in him.
(b) He looks very much like his father and also like his mother. He is a teenager with ideas of revolution.
(c) He is like his grandfather in intelligence but has superficial tendencies.
(d) He is very much like his father in appearance and disposition. Pierre hopes he will lose his bitterness.
12. What does Count Rostov say to Petya when he says he wants to join the army?
(a) He begs him not to speak of it with the Countess as she will be very upset.
(b) He says that Petya is so young, his mother's milk is not yet dry on his lips.
(c) He is embarrassed that this should cme up when they have dinner guests and flatly refuses to help him.
(d) He is sympathetic with his son's patriotism and goes to get a posting for him.
13. What news does Pierre hear from Rostopchin and his adjutant when he arrives back in Moscow after Borodino?
(a) Anatole has had his leg amputated and Helene is leaving Russia for Europe.
(b) Andrew is mortally wounded, and Moscow is being deserted.
(c) Anatole is dying and Helene has converted to Catholicism.
(d) Anatole and Andrew have been killed and Helene is planning to marry again.
14. According Tolstoy, what errors did Napoleon make while he was in Moscow?
(a) He underestimated the strength of the Russian army and its ability to regroup.
(b) His errors did not occur in Moscow; they began before Napoleon entered the city.
(c) He should have advanced on St. Petersburg and gathered up provisions for the winter.
(d) He should not have expected order from the inhabitants of Moscow
15. Where do the Rostovs go after leaving Moscow?
(a) They go to Otradnoe.
(b) They go to an inn near Moscow.
(c) They must stay in a small town fourteen miles from Moscow.
(d) They go to a distant relation of the countess.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Kutuzov need to worry about his staff when the Tsar writes to rebuke him in early October?
2. How does Pierre react to Platon's illness when he is sitting by the birch tree?
3. What happens to Kutuzov after he sees the Tsar at Vilna?
4. After the battle at Borodino, where does Pierre stay the night?
5. Who assists Anatole in his abduction of Natasha?
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