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. Andrew goes to visit Pierre the night after the Bergs party. What does he discuss with him?

2. Nicholas goes home on leave. How does he react to Sonya?

3. Where does Pierre go the day after his duel?

4. What is Prince Vasili hoping to achieve by helping Pierre with his duties?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the old Prince insist that Andrew delay his marriage for a year?

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

3. How does Tolstoy view the war and its causes?

4. Why is Mary so unhappy when the Bolkonskis go to Moscow?

5. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

6. How does Pierre and Andrew's meeting before the battle of Borodino go?

7. What has happened to Pierre to change Natasha's view about him?

8. How does Princess Mary react to Nicholas when he enters Andrew's home at Bogucharovo and how does he react to her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Andrew's first visit with the Rostovs. What is the thing that symbolizes him and what happens to him during the visit and how does it relate to him? Describe the alteration from the beginning of the trip to the end and how the analogy with the object illustrates this.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Count Rostov is a very likable character throughout the book but like all the main characters, he undergoes change. What are the flaws in him that lead to how he is in the end and what brings about his change?

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