War & Peace: Themes & Analysis


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In War and Peace, what two characters most closely mimic Tolstoy's spiritual biography?

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1. What human value in War and Peace has the power of awakening the characters to their new life?

2. What, according to Tolstoy, is the secret of the Russian commander Kutuzov's success on the battlefield?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Author Leo Tolstoy explores several themes throughout his 1869 novel, War & Peace. The quiz will ask you how these themes are carried out through the novel's characters. Kutuzov's success during battles will be a topic on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Name the two characters that best reflect Tolstoy's spiritual journey
  • Identify the human value that can awake characters to their new life
  • Recognize the secret of commander Kutuzov's battlefield success
  • Understand which family best illustrates Tolstoy's ideas on family happiness and spiritual suffering
  • Know which house juxtaposes the fake atmosphere of Anna Scherer's salon

Skills Practiced

You'll use the following skills:

  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding commander Kutuzov's success on the battlefield
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about War & Peace to answer questions about the novel's families
  • Making connections - connect two characters from War & Peace to the author's spiritual biography

Additional Learning

To learn more about the themes explored in this novel, check out the lesson entitled War & Peace: Themes & Analysis. The lesson will help you:

  • Identify several characters from the novel
  • Understand what Tolstoy argues is the main theme of War & Peace
  • Assess the significance of the novel's title