We the Living Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Andrei ask Kira after meeting her at the rally?

2. What does Kira say is able to evoke feelings of joy in her?

3. What does Kira find to be "ignoble"?

4. Who does Kira meet in the park for the first time?

5. What does Kira consider her time with Leo to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kira realize, after becoming more comfortable with her living conditions, about Communism?

2. What sets Kira apart as an individual?

3. Why does Andrei order soup for Kira?

4. What does Kira forget to do because she is too busy thinking about Leo?

5. What is dishonest about the method that Galina and Kira's family use for packing saccharine tablets and crystals for resale?

6. What happens when Alexander closes his textile shop?

7. How does Kira's family respond to her goal of becoming an engineer?

8. In what ways does Kira fail to follow the dictates of society?

9. What does Kira pretending to be a prostitute reveal about her?

10. What happens between Kira and the British woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using details from the novel, describe what you think Russia would look like if it were NOT a Communist country. How would Kira's ideals translate into a government? What would daily life be like? How would this differ from the Russia of "We the Living"?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Leo and Andrei as suitors for Kira. Consider them in terms of: emotions, actions, position in society, opinion, and relationships with others. Who do you think is best for Kira, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Kira values education greatly. Give examples that illustrate her respect for education, and then compare and contrast Kira's experience with education versus Victor's. What does this reflect in Communism?

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