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 Raskolnikov find in the old women's chest?

2. Who looks after Raskolnikov when he becomes feverish?

3. What does Raskolnikov ask his family to do before he leaves?

4. Who is the letter from?

5. What does Svidrigaylov say he marriage was motivated by?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way does Porfiry suggest Raskolnikov has made a mistake?

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

4. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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