Crime and Punishment Test | Final 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 Sonia try not to do?

2. Who comes to visit Raskolnikov in his room?

3. How does Svidrigaylov say he flattered Dunya?

4. How old is the girl Svidrigaylov is currently engaged to?

5. What does Raskolnikov do after Mrs. Marmaladov's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does chapter two show about Sonia's upbringing?

2. How do you think not confessing to the murder will affect Raskolnikov?

3. Why do you think Luzhin sets up Sonia?

4. What do you think chapter two means in context of the novel?

5. In what ways does Porfiry show what perceptive detective he is?

6. What effect does Svidrigaylov death have on Raskolnikov?

7. How does Luzhin make Sonia look guilty?

8. How is Mrs. Marmaladov different to Raskolnikov?

9. Why do you think Dostoevsky distances the reader from Raskolnikov?

10. Why do you think Mrs. Marmaladov loses control?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dostoevsky introduces Svidrigaylov quite late into the novel. Examine Svidigaylov's character.

1) What do you think are the aims and conflicts of Svidrgaylov's character?

2) Why do you think Dostoevsky introduces Svidrigaylov into the story? What difference do you think he makes to the story?

3) What affect do you think his suicide has on the other characters? Does it change their outlook?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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