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 does Zosima say is the only thing that prevents someone from committing a crime in Book 2, Chapter 5?

2. What does Madame Khokhlakov make a huge fuss over regarding Alyosha in Book 4, Chapter 4?

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

4. What Biblical miracle does Alyosha envision at Zosima's coffin?

5. After how many days after having his vision at Zosima's coffin does Alyosha leave the monastery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the child Stinking Lizavetta in Part 1, Book 3, Chapter 2?

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

3. How does Fyodor act towards Stinking Lizavetta in Part 1, Book 3, Chapter 2?

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

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

6. What does Mitya do when Alyosha tells him of Grushenka's rudeness towards Katarina in Part 1, Book 3, Chapter 11?

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

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

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

10. How is Smerdyakov described in Part 1, Book 3, Chapter 6?

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

Discuss the theme of man versus God theme. In what way does the author set up this theme with the representation of Ivan?

Essay Topic 3

Alyosha's role as the representation of good is clear from the beginning to the end of the book. Part 1.) What reason does the author have for portraying Alyosha as the only representation of good? Part 2.) What might the author be saying about religious and spiritual people in relation to goodness based on his portrayal of Alyosha? Part 3.) Are there other characters present in the book that can be deemed good?

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