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. Why does Raskolnikov leave?

2. What is the name of the doctor that visits Rashkolnikov?

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

4. Why does Raskolnikov object to his sister's impending marriage?

5. What does Raskolnikov's mother compare his room to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the first chapter say about Raskolnikov's character?

3. In what way have Raskolnikov and Porfiry switched roles in chapter five?

4. What do you think Raskolnikov's dream means at the beginning of this chapter?

5. Why do you think Raskolnikov visits Sonia?

6. In way can the reader sympathize with Raskolnikov?

7. How seriously is Raskelnikov thinking about his unnamed idea?

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

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

10. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Money plays an important part in this book and the characters that have little money have miserable lives. Choose one character from the book and discuss his hers relationship with money.

1) What does money mean to them? To what length will they go to get money?

2) Does money make the happy? What do you think would happen to the character if he or she did not have money?

Essay Topic 3

As Raskolnikov wanders around St. Petersburg, he feels tremendous guilt for his crime. What is it about Raskolnikov's character that prevents him from overcoming his guilt? Describe what kind of character could overcome such guilt and move on with their lives? What do you think would of happened to Raskolnikov if he did not confess?

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