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. Shortly after Natasha's recovery from her illness, why does Pierre decide not to visit with the Rostovs anymore?

2. Balashev is sent to meet Napoleon with a letter from Alexander. Who does he meet before seeing Napoleon and how do the meetings go?

3. At Borodino, Andrew is with his regiment. What are they doing and what happens to them?

4. How does Natashsa physically and emotionally react to her mother's grief over Petya?

5. How does Nicholas react to Mary when he arrives at Bogucharovo?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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)?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. How do Mary and Natasha overcome their grief?

7. Why does Andrew request a post in Turkey?

8. What happens with Pierre after the reading of the Tsar's letter asking for money, serfs and equipment?

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

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

In some dramatizations, the story of Nicholas, Sonya and Mary is greatly diminished or eliminated. Is their story important to the whole and if so why?

Essay Topic 2

Tolstoy uses many literary devices. Choose one from the following list and explore how he uses it throughout the story. Be sure to reference to defend your argument.

Foreshadowing, epiphany, juxtaposition, repetition of words, coincidence, conflict.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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