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 visits Raskolnikov in this chapter?

2. Who comes to visit Raskolnikov in his room?

3. Who never recovered from the shock of Raskolnikov's confession?

4. How does Mrs. Marmaladov attempt to show Sonia's innocence?

5. What does Raskolnikov think makes him a failure and a criminal?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Dostoevsky show Dunya to be different to her brother?

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

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

4. Do you think Raskolnikov has finally accepted his guilt?

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

6. In what ways are Svidrigaylov and Raskolnikov similar?

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

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

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

10. Why do you think Luzhin sets up Sonia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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