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 is Maria Dmitrievna's reputation in Russian social circles?

2. How does Andrew react to his evening with the Rostovs in St. Petersburg?

3. Nicholas encounters the Princes Bagration and Dolgorukov. What is their conversation?

4. Andrew observes Prince Bagration in command. What does he notice about his methods of command?

5. Natasha enjoys going into her mother's room at bedtime to talk with her. What do they talk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Pierre end up engaged to Helene?

5. What goes through Andrew's mind during the New Years Eve ball?

6. What makes Nicholas decide to go home on leave just after Natasha's engagement?

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

8. Dolokhov wants to beat Rostov at cards and sets a monetary number for himself. What is this number and how and why does he arrive at it?

9. How does Pierre follow up with his attempts at self-purification and how does he view his fellow Masons?

10. How is Andrew like his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tolstoy's use of minor characters as foils. How is their presence important? List some. What do they illuminate in the more important characters? How do we know they are foils? Are they catalysts in the change or do they merely act to illustrate the change? To write this essay, choose one of the three main characters and those involved mostly with that character and discuss this.

Essay Topic 2

Explore Prince Andrew's mental and emotional changes in the story. What brings about each change? How is each change important to the action following it? How does his experience at Austerlizt affect his homecoming and later meeting with Pierre? How do you think his changes affect those around him? Consider other important changes to his character in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Prince Andrew reflects a great deal on the nature of War. Explore his views about it and explain how it carves his final attitude.

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