Nina For the bliss of being a writer or an actress I could endure want and 110

Nina for the bliss of being a writer or an actress i

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bore them under foot. Nina: For the bliss of being a writer or an actress I could endure want, and 110 disillusionment, and the hatred of my friends, and the pangs of my own dissatisfaction with myself; but I should demand in return fame, real, resounding fame! [She covers her 115 face with her hands] Whew! My head reels! Adapted from Anton Chekhov, The Seagull. ©2007 by ACT, Inc. Permission granted to reproduce this page for QualityCoreTM educational purposes only.
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00040-1 Which phrase best describes the exchanges between Nina and Trigorin? A. An unpleasant argument B. A discussion between professionals C. A conversation between equals D. A thoughtful exchange ©2007 by ACT, Inc. Permission granted to reproduce this page for QualityCoreTM educational purposes only.
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Which phrase best describes Nina’s character? A. Naïve and aspiring B. Shy and withdrawn C. Manipulative and cold D. Impolite and stubborn 00040-2
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What characterizes Trigorin’s attitude toward fame in lines 37–41? A. He does not experience it. B. He does not think about it. C. He is proud of it. D. He boasts about it. 00040-4
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When Nina tells Trigorin how she envies him, what does she reveal about her view of humankind? A. She senses that others will recognize her artistic abilities. B. She believes most people lead dull and pointless lives. C. She believes that society rejects those who have talent. D. She thinks that most people do not understand genius. ©2007 by ACT, Inc. Permission granted to reproduce this page for QualityCoreTM educational purposes only. 00040-6
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What do lines 59–65 suggest about Trigorin’s attitude toward Nina? A. He believes that she is inexperienced. B. He feels that she is unfair. C. He thinks that she is unintelligible. D. He understands that she is selfish. ©2007 by ACT, Inc. Permission granted to reproduce this page for QualityCoreTM educational purposes only. 00040-7
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What does Trigorin mean in the underlined portion of lines 101–106? A. He should destroy his writings before they are published. B. His writings bloom like flowers before readers’ eyes. C. Writing for unknown crowds is his life’s calling. D. Writing compromises his creativity. ©2007 by ACT, Inc. Permission granted to reproduce this page for 00040-8
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What does Nina imply in lines 108–116? A. She will be famous one day. B. The famous truly suffer. C. She would do anything to achieve fame. D. She is overcome by her disillusionment. 00040-10
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What does Nina suggest when she says some men “dully drag a weary, useless life behind them” (lines 52–53)? A. A meaningless life is a heavy burden.
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