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. Whose heart does Razumikhin say Raskolnikov has broken?

2. What does Mrs. Marmaladov spend half of Raskolnikov's twenty rubles on?

3. Where does Raskolnikov go to when Sonia leaves?

4. Who does Raskolnikev see following him?

5. How much longer does Raskolnikov have to serve of his prison sentence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Svidrigaylov's character?

2. In what ways are Svidrigaylov and Raskolnikov similar?

3. Why is making a public confession so difficult for Raskolnikov?

4. How is Mrs. Marmaladov different to Raskolnikov?

5. Do you think Svidrigaylov and Raskolnikov's confession is the miracle that Svidrigaylov claims?

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

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

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

9. What effect does Raskolnikov's decision to confess have on his mental state.

10. How does Luzhin make Sonia look guilty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is full of coincidences and fateful meetings. For example, Raskolnikov walks into the same bar where the inspector in charge of the murder case is having a drink. Take one of the coincidences in the book and discuss in what way do you think it contributes to the novel's psychological elements.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The novel is set in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

1) What meaning does St. Petersburg bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in St. Petersburg?

2) How different do you think today's St. Petersburg is to the St. Petersburg in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's St. Petersburg?

3) How do you think the interior settings of the novel contribute to the novel's dark atmosphere?

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