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. Who does Luzhin say gave him the information about Svidrigaylov?

2. Who does Raskolnikov meet in the bar?

3. Why did Luzhin want to marry Dunya so much?

4. What is Sonia's surname?

5. Where did the craftsmen hear Nicolas's confession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Raskolnikov leaves the room so abruptly in chapter three?

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

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

4. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

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

6. Why do you think Razumikhin is infatuated with Dunya?

7. Why do you think Raskolnikov arranges to meet Porfiry?

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

9. Why do you think Dunya chooses her brother over her fiance Luzhin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is set in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

1) What meaning does St. Petersburg bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in St. Petersburg?

2) How different do you think today's St. Petersburg is to the St. Petersburg in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's St. Petersburg?

3) How do you think the interior settings of the novel contribute to the novel's dark atmosphere?

Essay Topic 2

Dostoevsky represents family as an important, even essential part of Russian life. In what way does Raskolnikov's family help him when they arrive in St. Petersburg? Do you think that Raskolnikov would of committed the murder if his family had been in closer contact? In what way are the characters such as Luzhin with no family different to the characters with a family?

Essay Topic 3

It seems that the goals for many of the character, particularly the women, is to get married, even if they do not love he person they are marrying. Why do you think marriage was so important in the mid-nineteenth century? What were the benefits of marriage for men? What were the benefits for women? How do you think society viewed people who were not married?

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