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

2. In the card game with Dolokhov and Nicholas, who wins and how much?

3. Elisabeth talks about going to the country while Andrew is off to war. How does she feel about being with his father and sister?

4. Vera and Berg hold their first party. Who comes?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nicholas so keen on sighting the wolf before anyone else?

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

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

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

5. Why is Tushin called in to speak to Bagration and what is the result of his interview?

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

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

8. How does Andrew react to his trip to Brunn?

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

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

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

Tolstoy frequently repeats descriptions of people and of their appearance and mannerisms. What is the effect of this on the reader? Is it important and if so why? Please use examples.

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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