The Brothers Karamazov Test | Final 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 does Alyosha go to meet in at the beginning of the Epilogue?

2. What is the name of Kolya's dog?

3. Who is called in but found that their opinions are useless in Mitya's trial?

4. What is the name of the local district commissioner of Police that Pyotr visits?

5. What does the prosecutor begin his final speech talking about in Mitya's trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the medical experts that are used in Mitya's trial described?

2. How is Alyosha and Kolya's first interaction described?

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

4. How does the judge react when Kirillovich begins quoting from the Bible loudly during Mitya's trial?

5. How do Pyotr and Madame Khokhalakov act towards each other when they first meet?

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

7. What does Smerdyakov confess to Ivan in Part 4, Book 11, Chapter 8?

8. How is Kolya described when he is first seen in Part 4, Book 10, Chapter 1?

9. How does the audience react while the jurors go into deliberation in Mitya's trial?

10. What happens when Katarina gives the judge her letter from Mitya during his trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the irony of the chapter titles in the book. What reason might the author have to impart such irony?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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