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 Fyodor begin a life of after the death of his last wife?

2. Who does Mitya hit first after smashing through the house in Book 3, Chapter 9?

3. Where does Mitya go after Alyosha tells him of Katarina and Grushenka's interactions in Book 3, Chapter 10?

4. What does Madame Khokhlakov tell Mitya that she has in mind for him to do that will make him a great man in Part 3?

5. What is the neighborhood not able to tell about Smerdyakov based on his demeanor and appearance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Mitya do with his dueling pistols in Part 3, Book 8, Chapter 4?

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

9. Why does Mitya go to the local grocers in Part 3, Book 8, Chapter 5?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the nature of the inclusion of Zosima's teachings and recordings in the book. How might these recordings give spirituality and religion a voice?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the controversy surrounding the presentation of Zosima's dead body. What about the description of Zosima's body is telling of the religious traditions of the time period?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of Russian society in the book. What is the author saying about Russian society based on the speeches given during Mitya's trial?

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