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 accuse Dunya of doing?

2. What does Porfiry do when he suspects someone?

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

4. Who does Raskolnikov say gave him the pawnbrokers address?

5. At what time does Luzhin request a meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Svidrigaylov's suicide confirm to the reader the complexity of his character?

2. How does Dostoevsky portray Raskolnikov's conflicting emotions in chapter four?

3. What do you think it says about Razumikhin that he is so close to guessing the truth of the murder?

4. What does Sonia symbolize to Raskolnikov?

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

6. How does Raskolnikov hide his guilt?

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

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

9. Do you think Raskolnikov has to make a confession?

10. What does Chapter four show about Svidrigaylov's character?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the class distinctions below and describe their living conditions in 19th century Russia.

1) Working class

2) Middle class

3) Upper-class

Do you think Dostoevsky portray a severe inequality in Russian society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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