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 makes Nicholas decide to return home on leave?

2. What does Pierre do when he goes to St. Petersburg?

3. What sort of reputation does Princess Mary have as a prospective wife?

4. Natasha goes to her first grand ball. How does it go for her?

5. Natasha enjoys going into her mother's room at bedtime to talk with her. What do they talk about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Pierre go after Borodino and how has he reacted to the battle?

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

3. How does the old prince behave toward Mary after his last stroke?

4. Why is Kutuzov at odds with his generals while they are waiting for the French to leave Moscow?

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

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

7. While Moscow is being abandoned, what is everyone in St. Petersburg saying about Helene?

8. 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.

9. What happens to Pierre after he is taken prisoner by the French after meeting with Davout?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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