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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 do Sonia and Raskolnikov think love can do to them?
2. Who does Raskolnikev see following him?
3. What does Mrs. Marmaladov spend half of Raskolnikov's twenty rubles on?
4. What information does Svidrigaylov share with Raskolnikov?
5. Who is the only person Mrs. Marmaladov talks to at the funeral dinner?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Svidrigaylov holds Dunya in such high regard?
2. What effect does Raskolnikov's decision to confess have on his mental state.
3. Why do you think Dostoevsky distances the reader from Raskolnikov?
4. In what way does Svidrigaylov's suicide confirm to the reader the complexity of his character?
5. How does Raskolnikov finally find salvation?
6. Why is making a public confession so difficult for Raskolnikov?
7. Do you think Raskolnikov has to make a confession?
8. How is Mrs. Marmaladov different to Raskolnikov?
9. What do you think chapter two means in context of the novel?
10. How does Dostoevsky portray Raskolnikov's conflicting emotions in chapter four?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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 main themes in the novel are crime, poverty and justice. Take one of these themes and discuss how Dostoevsky expresses them in the book? Why do you think these themes were important concerns in nineteenth century Russia?
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