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. What does Razumikhin have in the cafe?

2. What does Rashnikov dream about?

3. What does Porfiry do when he suspects someone?

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

5. Who does Raskolnikov meet in the bar?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

2. In what way does Dunya and Mrs. Raskolnikov's new situation aide Razumikhin?

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

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

5. In what way does Luzhin's letter put the women in a difficult position?

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

7. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

8. Why is chapter six such an important scene in the novel?

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

10. What do you think it says about Razumikhin that he is so close to guessing the truth of the murder?

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

Identify the main themes in the novel and describe how Dostoevsky expresses each theme in the book. What do you think the themes say about his opinions as a writer and intellectual?

Essay Topic 3

Raskolnikov and Sonia form a strong bond that Dostoevsky suggests will lead into a lasting relationship. What similarities do you think Sonia and Raskolnikov share? Why do you think Sonia is so important to Raskolnikov's character? What do you think would happen to Raskolnikov if Sonia did not try to help him?

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