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 are Princess Mary's "God's Folk"?

2. With great enthusiasm, Pierre has become a Freemason. What does he write in his diary regarding his pursuit of a more pure life?

3. How does Maria Dmitrievna respond to Natasha's insolence at the dinner table?

4. 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?

5. Dolokhov has been demoted and his superior officers have taken note of his outspokenness. How does the Schon Grabern battle go for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

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

4. How is Andrew like his father?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. What happens between Bazdeev and Pierre at the post station?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Count Rostov and Countess Rostova are very different from Prince Bolkonski. Compare and contrast fully. What is of merit and the opposite in qualities of the three? Be sure to make references from throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

Platon Karateev is a very simple man whose outlook on life deeply affects Pierre. Why is Pierre so drawn to him and what does he do and say that change Pierre's views and lead Pierre to a happier perspective on life?

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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