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. Who is waiting to have an audience with Zosima at the beginning of Book 2, Chapter 3?

2. What does the person who wrote Alyosha a letter at the end of Part 1 profess in the letter?

3. What begins to happen with the Elder's dead body much sooner than normal?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Ivan and Smerdyakov's conversation in Part 2, Book 5, Chapter 6?

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

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

4. What does Fyodor say he is afraid of regarding Grushenka in Part 2, Book 4, Chapter 2?

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

6. Why does Mitya burst into the house in Part 1, Book 3, Chapter 9?

7. What does Grushenka's Polish lover say to her in Part 3, Book 8, Chapter 7?

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

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

10. What does Katarina ask Alyosha to do with 200 rubles in Part 2, Book 4, Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine the nature of Ivan's insanity. What might the author be saying about the implications of going insane?

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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