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. How long is it since Raskolnikov last saw his mother and sister?

2. Where does Raskolnikov fall asleep?

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

4. How does Raskolnikov think the police want to trip him up?

5. Who does Raskolnikov visit at the beginning of chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Dunya chooses her brother over her fiance Luzhin?

2. How does Raskolnikov hide his guilt?

3. Why do you think Svidrigaylov holds Dunya in such high regard?

4. How does Raskolnikov view a public confession?

5. In way does Raskolnikov show a weak will?

6. In the epilogue how does Dostoevsky distance the reader from Raskolnikov?

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

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

9. What do you think Dunya represented to Svidgaylov?

10. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Crime and Punishment is translated into English from the Russian. How much meaning do you think a novel loses through translation? What aspects of the novel do you think would be the most difficult to express in English? In what way do you think a translator tries to overcome these difficulties?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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