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 does Kutuzov's staff explain their plan to cut off the French on the road to Smolensk to him?

2. How does Kutuzov react when he hears that the French have left Moscow?

3. Where do the wounded soldiers go when everyone is leaving Moscow before the French arrive?

4. How is Pierre feeling the first few days he is in Moscow before the French arrive?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Mary and Natasha overcome their grief?

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

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

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

6. In what state is Andrew when Natasha finds him traveling with her family out of Moscow, and what is his reaction to seeing her?

7. What is Tolstoy's view of Count Rostopchin's actions in Moscow immediately preceding the arrival of the French?

8. Why does Nicholas feel he cannot marry Mary?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Platon Karateev is a very simple man whose outlook on life deeply affects Pierre. Why is Pierre so drawn to him and what does he do and say that change Pierre's views and lead Pierre to a happier perspective on life?

Essay Topic 2

Tolstoy was involved in the Crimean War and wrote about his experiences in Sevastapol Sketches. What do you think his view on war is based on War and Peace? Is there a character or characters who act as his mouthpiece? Who are they and how do they express his view? Be sure to reference particulars.

Essay Topic 3

Conflict is one of the literary devices that is evident throughout the book. Its very name deals with conflict. However, the conflict is not just between the Russians and the French. There is serious conflict in the "peace" parts. Choose a conflict that occurs in the "drawing room" scenes - be they between people, or within an individual. Describe how the conflict is first manifested and then discuss how it evolves in the story from beginning to end. Analyze how the characters handle this conflict and how it shapes the outcome of the book. Discuss how Tolstoy uses conflict to tell the story.

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