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. What does Svidrigaylov prove to Dunya?

2. What country does Svidrigaylov say he is going to?

3. How much does Luzhin say Sonia has stolen?

4. What does Raskolnikov dream about?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the epilogue how does Dostoevsky distance the reader from Raskolnikov?

4. Do you think Raskolnikov has to make a confession?

5. How is Mrs. Marmaladov different to Raskolnikov?

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

7. How does Luzhin use his wealth?

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

9. How does Luzhin make Sonia look guilty?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sonia attempts to preach Raskolnikov the bible. In what way is religion the antithesis of Raskolnikov's high ideas? Do you think Dostoevsky represents religion as the only way Raskolnikov can overcome his guilt? What do you think is Dostoevsky's own views on religion?

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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