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 happens to Nicholas during the battle at Schon Grabern?

2. Nicholas is patrolling the lines. What is running through his mind?

3. Andrew goes to Speranski's for dinner What does he think of him and his company?

4. Nicholas is patrolling the picket lines. What is a picket?

5. Who does Andrew hear and see shortly after the first shot before the action at Schon Grabern?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Andrew think about after he is wounded?

2. What does Pierre's steward think when Pierre goes to his estates and recommends reforms?

3. 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?

4. Prince Vasili is described in the beginning at Anna Pavlovna's soiree. What is Prince Vasili's most notable characteristic at this point in the story.

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

6. How does Pierre end up engaged to Helene?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some dramatizations, the story of Nicholas, Sonya and Mary is greatly diminished or eliminated. Is their story important to the whole and if so why?

Essay Topic 2

Explore Sonya's character. Is she a generous person or is she selfish? How does Tolstoy change the reader's attitude about her?

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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