Notes on Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov, a story of two brothers who pursue happiness in their own ways.
Sample Questions from ‘Gooseberries’ by Anton Chekhov
- According to Chekhov, ‘money like vodka plays queer tricks with man’. How far is this statement relevant in the present-day world? Prepare a write-up on the topic.
- Read the following lines from ‘Gooseberries’ by Anton Chekhov:
‘Freedom is a boon as essential as the air we breathe.’
How far is this statement true in the case of an individual? Is freedom essential for an individual? Write four arguments in support of your opinion.
“Tchimska-Himalayasky was a cantonist, but he died with an officer’s rank and left us his title, nobility and a small estate. After his death the estate went to pay his debts.”
- Who was Tchimska-Himalayasky?
- What picture of his life do you get from the story?
- What does the phrase ‘went to pay his debts’ mean?
- “God forgive me, a wicked sinner”
- Who is the speaker here?
- Why does he address himself as a sinner?
- What change came over him in the end?
- Describe Ivan’s visit at Tchimbarshov corner.
- Happiness is described as an “overwhelming power” in the story. How far do you agree to this? Give reasons.
- Imagine that you get a chance to interview Ivan Ivanich after his visit from his brother.
- Prepare 4 questions you would ask him and possible answers for the same.
- Prepare a report of the interview for your school magazine.
- Nicholai, in the story ‘Gooseberries’, has plans to buy an estate. He comes across the following advertisement in a newspaper.
- ESTATE FOR SALE
- Calm and quiet countryside
- 300 acres with a farm house, and park
- river nearby
- Expected price: around 3 million rubles – negotiable
- Contact : Ph.No. ………………………………………
Nicholai calls the agent. Write the script of the telephonic conversation between Nicholai and the agent.
- Read the following excerpt from the story ‘Gooseberries’ and answer the questions that follow.
It was hard and sour, but I saw a happy man, one whose dearest dream had come true, who had attained his goal in life, who had got what he wanted, and was pleased with his destiny and with himself. In my idea of human life there is always some alloy of sadness, but now at the sight of a happy man I was filled with something like despair.
- Who is the ‘happy man’ referred to in the passage?
- Pick out the words and expressions that reflect the attitude of the speaker.
- Comment on the idea that human life is always an alloy of sadness.