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 is Prince Vasili hoping to achieve by helping Pierre with his duties?

2. Nicholas goes to Tilsit to request a pardon for Denisov. To whom does he initially appeal and how is he received?

3. Why does Anna Mikhaylovna insist on taking Pierre to visit his father just before he dies?

4. Who does Dolokhov propose to?

5. When Pierre goes to Anna Pavlovna's soiree, he is especially delighted to see...

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

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. What goes through Andrew's mind during the New Years Eve ball?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Conflict is one of the literary devices that is evident throughout the book. Its very name deals with conflict. However, the conflict is not just between the Russians and the French. There is serious conflict in the "peace" parts. Choose a conflict that occurs in the "drawing room" scenes - be they between people, or within an individual. Describe how the conflict is first manifested and then discuss how it evolves in the story from beginning to end. Analyze how the characters handle this conflict and how it shapes the outcome of the book. Discuss how Tolstoy uses conflict to tell the story.

Essay Topic 3

Are Tolstoy's characters "black" and "white"? Choose two of the "worst" and two of the "best" and use them to argue whether he looks at them in such a way. For example, how does he describe Helene, Anatole, Dolokhov, Mary, Sonya, or Pierre? Despite their actions, does he see them as acting with malice aforethought, or are their actions motivated by good intentions? You may choose other characters in addition to or instead of the above.

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