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. Who does Raskolnikov go to see the next morning?

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

3. What does Svidrigaylov say he marriage was motivated by?

4. Why does Raskolnikov leave?

5. What Russian city does the story take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Raskolnikov visits Sonia?

3. In what way is Raskolnikov beginning to question himself and his theories?

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

5. Why is chapter six such an important scene in the novel?

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

7. Why is Nicolas suspected of the murder?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The painter Nicolas falsely confesses to the old lady's murder. What meaning do you think Nicolas's character brings to the novel? In what way do think Nicolas's social standing contributes to his false confession? What do think would have happened to Nicholas if he were found guilty? Do you think his punishment would of been more severe than Raskolnikov's?

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