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. How long is Raskolnikov's sentence?

2. Where does Sonia stay?

3. Where does Raskolnikev go when he sees Sonia?

4. What reason does Svidrigaylov give for observing Raskolnikov?

5. What happens when Raskolnikov looks into Sonia's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Raskolnikov view a public confession?

4. What do you think Dunya represented to Svidgaylov?

5. Why do you think Luzhin sets up Sonia?

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

7. In what ways are Svidrigaylov and Raskolnikov similar?

8. How is Mrs. Marmaladov different to Raskolnikov?

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

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

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

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

The painter Nicolas falsely confesses to the old lady's murder. What meaning do you think Nicolas's character brings to the novel? In what way do think Nicolas's social standing contributes to his false confession? What do think would have happened to Nicholas if he were found guilty? Do you think his punishment would of been more severe than Raskolnikov's?

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