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 kind of job does the old lady have?

2. What did Lisaveta and Sonia used to do together?

3. At what time does Luzhin request a meeting?

4. What details does Porfiry mention about Raskolnikov's recent behavior?

5. What does Porfiry question Raskolnikov about?

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 is Raskolnikov beginning to question himself and his theories?

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

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

5. How does Raskolnikov hide his guilt?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the class distinctions below and describe their living conditions in 19th century Russia.

1) Working class

2) Middle class

3) Upper-class

Do you think Dostoevsky portray a severe inequality in Russian society?

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