The Brothers Karamazov Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How are Fyodor's actions described after the death of his second wife at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Fyodor's actions after his second wife's death are described as being full of womanizing and drinking, and he ignores all of his sons over his own needs.

2. How is Ivan's mental capacity described in Part 1, Book 1, Chapter 3?

In Part 1, Book 1, Chapter 3, Ivan's mental capacity is described as being that of a genius and, although he was dark and gloomy, he had written a highly acclaimed article on the ecclesiastical courts.

3. How does Fyodor react when he learns Alyosha wishes to enter the monastery?

When Fyodor learns that Alyosha wishes to enter the monastery, he agrees that he should go and thanks him for being the only one of his sons not to condemn him.

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