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 Porfiry say will give itself away in the end?

2. What is the name of Dunya's fiance?

3. What does Raskolnikov accuse Dunya of doing?

4. Who enters the room at the beginning of chapter 6?

5. What does Raskolnikov ask his family to do before he leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

2. Why do you think Raskolnikov visits Sonia?

3. In way does Raskolnikov show a weak will?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In what way does Luzhin's letter put the women in a difficult position?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is full of coincidences and fateful meetings. For example, Raskolnikov walks into the same bar where the inspector in charge of the murder case is having a drink. Take one of the coincidences in the book and discuss in what way do you think it contributes to the novel's psychological elements.

Essay Topic 2

Raskolnikov states that the masses "are inferior men" who are "conservative, respectable and docile". Examine this statement in relation to Raskolnikov's character. Why do you think Raskolnikov is reacting against the masses? Do you think he believes what he says?

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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