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. What does Raskolnikov tell Zamyotov?

2. What does Porfiry do when he suspects someone?

3. What does Porfiry say a murderer cannot run away from?

4. What kind of job does Nicolas have?

5. Where does Raskolnikov sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. In way does Raskolnikov show a weak will?

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

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

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

5. Why do you think Razumikhin is infatuated with Dunya?

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

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

8. How does Raskolnikov feel after the murder?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main themes in the novel are crime, poverty and justice. Take one of these themes and discuss how Dostoevsky expresses them in the book? Why do you think these themes were important concerns in nineteenth century Russia?

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 often contradicts himself and eventually it leads to his downfall. In what way does Raskolnikov contradict himself? What do you think it says about his character that he does contradict himself? Do you think he contradicts himself less as the novel goes on? If so why?

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