War and Peace Test | Final 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 is the first to see the French at Ostrovna?

2. How long did the French and Russians not engage in battle after Borodino?

3. What does Pierre find about himself while walking and when being still?

4. Who is the "King of Rome"?

5. Why does Boris speed up his courting of Julie Karagina?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tolstoy view the causes of historical events (this is described while the French are in Moscow and the Russians are waiting in Tarútino for a good opportunity to attack)?

2. What happens between the Tsar and Kutuzov at Vilna after the last battle the Russians have with the French?

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

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

5. When the French are marching with the prisoners, what does Pierre notice of himself when marching and when resting?

6. How does Pierre comfort Natasha after she tries to kill herself and how does she regard his words?

7. What has happened to Pierre to change Natasha's view about him?

8. Why is Mary so unhappy when the Bolkonskis go to Moscow?

9. What happens to Nicholas when he and his regiment attack the French at Ostróvna?

10. What does Tolstoy say changes in the nature of war when the French move from Smolensk to Moscow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tolstoy's use of minor characters as foils. How is their presence important? List some. What do they illuminate in the more important characters? How do we know they are foils? Are they catalysts in the change or do they merely act to illustrate the change? To write this essay, choose one of the three main characters and those involved mostly with that character and discuss this.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In some dramatizations, the story of Nicholas, Sonya and Mary is greatly diminished or eliminated. Is their story important to the whole and if so why?

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