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 is the letter from?

2. Who accompanies Razumikhin and Raskolnikov to see Porfiry?

3. What do Sonia and Raskolnikov talk about?

4. What does Raskolnikov accuse Dunya of doing?

5. At what time does Luzhin request a meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the letter show about Raskolnikov's relationship with his family?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raskolnikov states that the masses "are inferior men" who are "conservative, respectable and docile". Examine this statement in relation to Raskolnikov's character. Why do you think Raskolnikov is reacting against the masses? Do you think he believes what he says?

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