Study Questions on Turgenev's Fathers and Sons
  1. How is the relationship between master and serf depicted in the novel?


  2. Discuss the concept of nihilism and its role in the novel.


  3. How does the relationship between Arkady and Bazarov change over the course of the novel?


  4. Why is there a great deal of tension between Bazarov and Arkady's uncle Pavel?


  5. How do the fathers and sons differ in their philosophy and politics?  Their manners?  Is this simply a reflection of a generation gap, or does the rift reflect a larger crisis in Russian society?


  6. What year does the action take place?  Why is this important?




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