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. Who is Ilagin?

2. What do Anna Mikhaylovna, Prince Vasili and Catiche argue about outside of the old Count's room?

3. At the club dinner, what is Pierre so preoccupied with that he doesn't hear what is being said to him?

4. Andrew has been taken prisoner by the French. What do they do with him?

5. How does Prince Bolkonsky react to Prince Vasili and Anatole's visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Andrew like his father?

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

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. How does Pierre end up engaged to Helene?

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

7. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

8. How do Andrew and his family react to Pierre's surprise visit to Bogucharovo?

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

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

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

Tolstoy was involved in the Crimean War and wrote about his experiences in Sevastapol Sketches. What do you think his view on war is based on War and Peace? Is there a character or characters who act as his mouthpiece? Who are they and how do they express his view? Be sure to reference particulars.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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