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. Who does Luzhin ask to meet

2. Why has Sonia waited for Raskolnikev the whole day?

3. Whose heart does Razumikhin say Raskolnikov has broken?

4. How does Mrs. Marmaladov treat her guests?

5. What does Luzhin tell Sonia he will help her to get?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Luzhin sets up Sonia?

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

3. In what way does Raskolnikov's confession sound different to what he had earlier claimed to think?

4. What effect does Svidrigaylov death have on Raskolnikov?

5. Why do you think Luzhin is so angry at Raskolnikov?

6. How does Dostoevsky still create suspense even as he winds down his story?

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

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

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

10. How does Luzhin make Sonia look guilty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Porfiry is probably the cleverest character in the book and quickly works out Raskolnikov.

1) What do you think are Porfiry's goals? How does he achieve his goals?

2) In what way do you think Porfiry wins Raskolnikov's respect and ultimately his trust? Do you think that Porfiry has sympathy for Raskolnikov?

Essay Topic 3

It seems that the goals for many of the character, particularly the women, is to get married, even if they do not love he person they are marrying. Why do you think marriage was so important in the mid-nineteenth century? What were the benefits of marriage for men? What were the benefits for women? How do you think society viewed people who were not married?

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