War and Peace Test | 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. What does Prince Andrew look at as he is driving through a forest that confirms he is feeling that his life has nothing new to offer?

2. Why does General Mack go to Kutuzov's camp?

3. What does Pierre do when he goes to St. Petersburg?

4. Prince Andrew goes to the Rostovs' as Count Rostov is the Marshal for the district and he must see him on account of his being trustee of the Ryazan estate. How does he react to being with the Rostov's from beginning to end?

5. Pierre goes to visit Prince Andrew at Bogucharovo. How does Andrew appear to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the old prince react to Lise's death and why?

2. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

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

4. How is Andrew like his father?

5. Why does Kutuzov not push his troops into combat?

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

7. What happens with Andrew at the war council and what leads up to it?

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

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

10. Why is Anna Mikhaylovna so eager to help Pierre?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Natasha goes pretty quickly from grieving for Andrew to falling in love with Pierre. What does this say about her character? Be specific.

Essay Topic 2

Is Andrew is reckless of his personal safety, or does he have delusions of grandeur? What motivates him at Borodino? Prince Andrew reflects a great deal on the nature of war and any role he might have in it. Explore his views about it and if they indicate that he is one or the other. Explore what leads up to Borodino and what follows in defending your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Tolstoy uses many literary devices. Choose one from the following list and explore how he uses it throughout the story. Be sure to reference to defend your argument.

Foreshadowing, epiphany, juxtaposition, repetition of words, coincidence, conflict.

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