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. What does Pierre do when he goes out into the streets of Moscow to find Napoleon?

3. What does Bagration write to Arakcheev?

4. Who is in the force which comes and liberates Pierre?

5. What happens when Natasha goes to the Bolkonski's to visit Mary and the old prince?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the French end up abandoning a city that was their emperor's goal in invading Russia?

3. Why does Nicholas feel he cannot marry Mary?

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

5. Where does Pierre go after Borodino and how has he reacted to the battle?

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

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

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

9. 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)?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore Prince Andrew's mental and emotional changes in the story. What brings about each change? How is each change important to the action following it? How does his experience at Austerlizt affect his homecoming and later meeting with Pierre? How do you think his changes affect those around him? Consider other important changes to his character in your essay.

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

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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