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 engrosses Pierre after the duel?

2. What does Prince Andrew look at as he is driving through a forest that confirms he is feeling that his life has nothing new to offer?

3. Where does Pierre go the day after his duel?

4. Andrew observes Prince Bagration in command. What does he notice about his methods of command?

5. The Tsar goes to Olmutz to review the troops. How does Nicholas react when he sees him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the old prince react to Lise's death and why?

2. Why is Pierre so unconcerned for his future?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do the three princesses living at Count Bezukhov's treat Pierre so badly?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Dolokhov's character. Is he a villain or heroic? Why/why not? Use examples through out the story to defend your point.

Essay Topic 2

Tolstoy frequently repeats descriptions of people and of their appearance and mannerisms. What is the effect of this on the reader? Is it important and if so why? Please use examples.

Essay Topic 3

In the story nearly as much narrative is devoted to combat as to society... or it may seem that way. Describe the juxtaposition of the two elements and their importance to the story. How is it or not? Why is it or not?

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