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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 wrong with the prisoner, Sokolov, who is terrified when the French start to march them all out of Moscow?
2. What is Tolstoy's metaphor of the two fencers about?
3. What happens when Platon makes a shirt for a French officer and presents it to him?
4. Why is Mary unsure about meeting Nicholas?
5. The French doctor, Metivier, goes to visit with the old Prince Bolkonsky. What is the result?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tolstoy say changes in the nature of war when the French move from Smolensk to Moscow?
2. Why is Kutuzov at odds with his generals while they are waiting for the French to leave Moscow?
3. In what state is Andrew when Natasha finds him traveling with her family out of Moscow, and what is his reaction to seeing her?
4. Why does Andrew request a post in Turkey?
5. What change does Pierre notice in the French soldiers guarding him and other prisoners when they are leaving Moscow and how does he regard it?
6. Why is Mary so unhappy when the Bolkonskis go to Moscow?
7. What happens between the Tsar and Kutuzov at Vilna after the last battle the Russians have with the French?
8. What does Napoleon say to Rapp about colds and medicine before the battle of Borodino?
9. What is Tolstoy's view of Count Rostopchin's actions in Moscow immediately preceding the arrival of the French?
10. What has happened to Pierre to change Natasha's view about him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Prince Andrew reflects a great deal on the nature of War. Explore his views about it and explain how it carves his final attitude.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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