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. According Tolstoy, what errors did Napoleon make while he was in Moscow?

2. Boris is at a ball dancing with Helene at Vilna. Who arrives to speak with the tsar?

3. How does Natasha react when Anatole tells her he is in love with her?

4. Who does Alpatych meet when he goes to Smolensk?

5. Natasha receives a letter. What does it say and who is it from?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pierre and Andrew's meeting before the battle of Borodino go?

2. How does Princess Mary react to Nicholas when he enters Andrew's home at Bogucharovo and how does he react to her?

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

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

5. How does Sonya react to Natasha when she finds Anatole's letter to her?

6. What happens to Nicholas when he and his regiment attack the French at Ostr├│vna?

7. Why does Natasha get so upset during her visit with the Bolkonskis?

8. How does Tolstoy view the war and its causes?

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

10. How does Helene resolve her dilemma over which of her two suitors she should marry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sonya and Mary: Nicholas is drawn to them both. Why? Explore the differences between the two, how they change through the book and how Nicholas' viewpoint changes and why.

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

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.

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