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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Prince Bolkonsky insist on teaching Mary geometry?
(a) He wants her to be brilliant.
(b) He wants her to continue his work on his inventions.
(c) He wants the order of mathematics to drive the nonsense out of her head.
(d) He wants her to be an educated woman who is not just schooled in the arts.

2. What does Hippolyte talk about at Anna Pavlovna's soiree?
(a) He wittily discusses the action at Austerlitz.
(b) He says, "Le Roi de Prusse!", laughs, and repeats himself; it is a joke but a pretty poor one.
(c) He argues with Boris about the brilliance of Napoleon.
(d) He says nothing as he is painfully shy.

3. What sort of reputation does Princess Mary have as a prospective wife?
(a) She is regarded as ugly and not particularly pleasant, but rich.
(b) She is regarded as extremely intelligent and socially adept.
(c) She is regarded as very wealthy but very plain.
(d) She is regarded as very beautiful which makes up for her moderate fortune.

4. When Pierre goes to Anna Pavlovna's soiree, he is especially delighted to see...
(a) Prince Vasili.
(b) Anna.
(c) Prince Andrew.
(d) Anna's relative.

5. What do Anna Mikhaylovna, Prince Vasili and Catiche argue about outside of the old Count's room?
(a) That Catiche and her sisters should inherit most as they have cared for the Count.
(b) The fact that none of them want Pierre to inherit if they don't inherit from the Count.
(c) The need for the letter requesting Pierre's legitimacy to be found in his papers along with a new will making Pierre sole heir.
(d) Whether or not Anna should go to see the Count.

Short Answer Questions

1. General Kutuzov does not want his troops to present themselves to the Austrian general in their great coats. Why?

2. Princess Mary wishes to speak to Andrew before he leaves about a specific request. What is it?

3. Denisov commandeers provisions for his regiment. How does he justify it to the officer from whom he is taking them?

4. What dance do Denisov and Natasha do at Iogel's ball?

5. How does Pierre approach the duel with Dolokhov?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads Pierre to challenge Dolokhov to a duel?

2. What does Nicholas do that gets him in trouble with his superior officers?

3. What happens when Boris frequently visits the Rostovs and Natasha in particular?

4. How has Prince Andrew changed by being involved in the war instead of St. Petersburg society? Why did this change occur?

5. Why do the three princesses living at Count Bezukhov's treat Pierre so badly?

6. Dolokhov was last seen at Austerlitz talking back to a superior officer. What has happened since that time?

7. When Nicholas goes to Olmutz to see Boris why does he get into an argument with Prince Andrew?

8. Why does Nicholas feel troubled on seeing the Tsar with Napoleon?

9. What strange aspect do readers see in Dolokhov in the chapters following the duel?

10. What are the obvious differences between Prince Andrew and Pierre that is illustrated at the start of the story?

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