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

2. What does Smerdyakov suffer in Book 5, Chapter 7?

3. What does Fyodor make the child that he has with Lizaveta?

4. How much money does Katarina give to Alyosha to offer to a man whom Mitya had hurt?

5. How does the man that Mitya visits in Book 8, Chapter 2 appear to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the defense attorney describe Fyodor in Part 4, Book 12, Chapter 13?

2. What points of contention does the defense lawyer introduce in Part 4, Book 12, Chapter 11?

3. What does Alyosha discover about a secret between Mitya and Ivan in Part 4, Book 11, Chapter 4?

4. How do Alyosha and the group of boys go back to Illyusha's house at the end of the book?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the nature of the jury's verdict in Mitya's trial?

Essay 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

The role of religion is one that is very pronounced throughout much of the book. Part 1.) How does Alysosha represent religious values in the book? Part 2.) What about the author's depiction of Zosima brings religion to the forefront in the book? Part 3.) In what way could you argue that the author presented his own voice about religion by including Zosima's teachings and speeches in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character Grushenka in the book. What motivated this character to exude selfishness and a constant need for attention?

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