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

2. When Murat sees the Russian forces gathering he thinks it is the entire Army. What does he do upon seeing this?

3. Who does Tolstoy refer to as Andrew's hero after the battle at Schon Grabern?

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

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. How does Pierre end up engaged to Helene?

2. How is Andrew like his father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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