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 Raskolnikov set out to find at the beginning of chapter five?

2. What does Raskolnikov present to the old lady to pawn?

3. What does Raskolnikov want to tell Sonia?

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

5. What Raskolnikov do on his return from the police station?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In way does Raskolnikov show a weak will?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Porfiry is probably the cleverest character in the book and quickly works out Raskolnikov.

1) What do you think are Porfiry's goals? How does he achieve his goals?

2) In what way do you think Porfiry wins Raskolnikov's respect and ultimately his trust? Do you think that Porfiry has sympathy for Raskolnikov?

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