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 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

Discuss the role of manipulation in the book. How do characters like Grushenka and Fyodor use manipulation to accomplish their goals?

Essay Topic 2

One theme that is present throughout much of the book is the portrayal of friendship. Part 1.) What might the author be saying about the importance of having friendship in sibling relationships based on his portrayal of the Karamazov brothers? Part 2.) What is telling of the importance of friendship based on the author's portrayal of Kolya and the other boys?

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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