The Brothers Karamazov Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Zosima's body placed in after he has passed away?

2. Who does Alyosha run into after having lunch with Father Superior?

3. Who is said to be pursuing Mitya's fiancee now that he has begun fancying someone else?

4. How many sons does Fyodor have from his marriages?

5. What happens to the son of the man that Mitya hurt in a bar when he is at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of the poem Ivan says in Part 2, Book 5, Chapter 5?

3. What is the nature of Alyosha's vision that he has while at Zosima's coffin?

4. How does Captain Sneigiryov react when Alyosha gives him the 200 rubles from Katarina?

5. What does Rakitin tell Alyosha when he runs into him in Part 1, Book 2, Chapter 7?

6. What does Alyosha witness between a group of boys in Part 2, Book 4, Chapter 3?

7. What does Zosima say in regards to the separation of church and state in Part 1, Book 2, Chapter 5?

8. What is Alyosha deeply disturbed by regarding his meeting with Zosima in Part 1, Book 2, Chapter 1?

9. How is Zosima's body described after he has died?

10. What is the nature of Fyodor's accusations at the end of Part 1, Book 2, Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the character Fyodor in the book. In what way does the author set up this character to be hated and not sympathized?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes presented in the book is the dynamic of the father-son relationship. Part 1.) In what way is the father-son relationship portrayed abnormally in the book? Part 2.) What might the author be saying about the importance of being a good father based on the outcome of Fyodor's fate in the book? Part 3.) What reason does the author have for portraying a more realistic and normal father-son dynamic in Ilyusha and the Captain?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Alyosha and Mitya. What about the differences in these characters suggest who the protagonist will be?

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