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. How do the French react to the ringing of bells when they enter Moscow?

2. What happens when Count Orlov-Denisov and his Cossacks try to engage the French?

3. Who does Nicholas meet with his squadron when seeking shelter at an inn from the rain?

4. What happens to Kutuzov after he sees the Tsar at Vilna?

5. Why is Mary unsure about meeting Nicholas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Napoleon say to Rapp about colds and medicine before the battle of Borodino?

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

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

4. While Moscow is being abandoned, what is everyone in St. Petersburg saying about Helene?

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

6. 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?

7. Why is Davout so rude to Balashev when he goes to meet with Napoleon?

8. Berg goes to the Rostov's as they are packing up to leave Moscow. Why does he go there?

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

10. 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)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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