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. In what month does the story begin?

2. What does Porfiry say will give itself away in the end?

3. What crime does Luzhin link to Svidrigaylov?

4. What kind of job does Nicolas have?

5. What does Dunya thinks her brother is doing when he leaves so suddenly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In way does Raskolnikov show a weak will?

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

8. How does Raskolnikov hide his guilt?

9. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

As Raskolnikov wanders around St. Petersburg, he feels tremendous guilt for his crime. What is it about Raskolnikov's character that prevents him from overcoming his guilt? Describe what kind of character could overcome such guilt and move on with their lives? What do you think would of happened to Raskolnikov if he did not confess?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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