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. Where does Raskolnikov sleep?

2. Why did Luzhin want to marry Dunya so much?

3. Who does Raskolnikov say gave him the pawnbrokers address?

4. Who is Raskolnikov surprised to hear Sonia was friends with?

5. What does Raskolnikov find in the old women's chest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way does Svidrigaylov's suicide confirm to the reader the complexity of his character?

3. Do you think Raskolnikov has to make a confession?

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

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

6. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

7. How does Raskolnikov finally find salvation?

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

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

10. What effect does Svidrigaylov death have on Raskolnikov?

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

Crime and Punishment is a psychological drama.

1) Using examples from the book describe what you think are the main elements of a psychological drama.

2) In what way is Raskolnikov a typical character from a psychological drama? Are there any similar characters in contemporary psychological dramas?

3) What influence do you think Crime and Punishment has had on the psychological novel?

Essay Topic 3

Raskolnikov tries justifying his crime with his superior man theory, claiming, "power belongs to those who take it"

1) What are the underlying principles of the superior man theory? Does it take its ideas from any ideas that surfaced during the mid-nineteenth century? Why do you think this idea was such an issue during the mid-nineteenth century?

2) What do you think Dostoevsky opinions are on the theory? In what way does he voice these opinions?

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