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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. Nicholas brings his friend Denisov with him and excitedly speaks as they approach. What is Denisov's reaction?
2. The Tsar goes to Olmutz to review the troops. How does Nicholas react when he sees him?
3. How does Maria Dmitrievna respond to Natasha's insolence at the dinner table?
4. Who does Andrew hear and see shortly after the first shot before the action at Schon Grabern?
5. Nicholas is patrolling the picket lines. What is a picket?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Tushin called in to speak to Bagration and what is the result of his interview?
2. What happens between the Tsar and Kutuzov at Vilna after the last battle the Russians have with the French?
3. How does Pierre follow up with his attempts at self-purification and how does he view his fellow Masons?
4. Berg goes to the Rostov's as they are packing up to leave Moscow. Why does he go there?
5. When Nicholas goes to Olmutz to see Boris why does he get into an argument with Prince Andrew?
6. What does Tolstoy say changes in the nature of war when the French move from Smolensk to Moscow?
7. What happens with Andrew at the war council and what leads up to it?
8. Why is Davout so rude to Balashev when he goes to meet with Napoleon?
9. Why is Anna Mikhaylovna so eager to help Pierre?
10. How is Andrew like his father?
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
Count Rostov is a very likable character throughout the book but like all the main characters, he undergoes change. What are the flaws in him that lead to how he is in the end and what brings about his change?
Essay Topic 3
Tolstoy uses many literary devices. Choose one from the following list and explore how he uses it throughout the story. Be sure to reference to defend your argument.
Foreshadowing, epiphany, juxtaposition, repetition of words, coincidence, conflict.
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