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Transcript of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy was a very famous Russian author who lived between 1828 and 1910. He is most known for his writing of realistic fiction and, particularly, for his writing of the novels,
War and Peace
In his time, Tolstoy also became known as a moral and religious leader, and even influenced leaders like Ghandi. Tolstoy's ideas and writings continue to be of great study and importance.
The Three Questions
In his short story, Tolstoy makes us think about three essential questions that all people should know the answer to, but very few do. Take time to read this story, annotating as you go along.
Why do you think these were the three "most important" questions? How might you rephrase them into your own words? How would you answer them?
The Three Questions ... Again.
As with all good ideas for a story, many times they are reborn into other books, movies or songs. In the case of Tolstoy's
The Three Questions
it was made into a children's book. Take a few minutes now to listen to it, making sure to jot down thoughts of similarities and differences to the original short story. Make a Venn Diagram if you think it would help you keep the comparisons straight.
How was this interpretation of Tolstoy's Three Questions different from the original? How was it the same? Did it stay true to the same meaning? Prove it with text.
Take a moment to discuss characterization. Who did the characters represent in the second story? What was different about the characters? Why do you think the author made the choices he did in changing the characters?
Did the mood or tone of the story change from one version to the next? What evidence do you have from both texts to prove this opinion?