Crime and Punishment 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. How does Raskolnikov hide his fear?

2. Which of the following does Razumikhin say to describe Raskolnikov's present state?

3. What time does Lisaveta say she will return to the market?

4. Who does Raskolnikov owe money to?

5. What is Luzhin's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Dunya and Mrs. Raskolnikov are not so pleasant to Luzhin in chapter 2?

2. What influence do you think Sonia and Porfiry are having on Raskolnikov?

3. What does Raskolnikov think of his sister's fiance Luzhin?

4. What is a magistrate in the context of this book?

5. How does Dostoevsky create so much drama in the murder scene?

6. How does Raskolnikov hide his guilt?

7. How do you think the people in Raskolnikov's dream relate to his current situation?

8. What do you think the horse symbolizes in Raskolnikov's dream?

9. In way can the reader sympathize with Raskolnikov?

10. What do you think Raskolnikov's dream in this chapter represents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is full of coincidences and fateful meetings. For example, Raskolnikov walks into the same bar where the inspector in charge of the murder case is having a drink. Take one of the coincidences in the book and discuss in what way do you think it contributes to the novel's psychological elements.

Essay Topic 2

Raskolnikov tries justifying his crime with his superior man theory, claiming, "power belongs to those who take it"

1) What are the underlying principles of the superior man theory? Does it take its ideas from any ideas that surfaced during the mid-nineteenth century? Why do you think this idea was such an issue during the mid-nineteenth century?

2) What do you think Dostoevsky opinions are on the theory? In what way does he voice these opinions?

Essay Topic 3

Dialogue plays an important part in the novel and one chapter consists of just a dialogue between Raskolnikov and Porfiry. Using example from the novel discuss the important part dialogue plays in the following areas.

1) Character development.

2) Plot development

3) The development of the novel's themes.

In what way do you think dialogue can be overused?

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