Dead Souls 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. Why is Nozdroyov not a reliable source?

2. To whom does Tchitchikov tell the general his uncle might leave his house?

3. Who helps Tchitchikov get out of prison?

4. How much money is Tchitchikov given when he gets out of prison?

5. How does Platon seem to feel about life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Tchitchikov give for why he wants to buy General Betrishtchev's dead souls?

2. Why is Tchitchikov interested in Platon?

3. Why does Nozdroyov go to visit Tchitchikov?

4. What does Skudronzhoglo tell Tchitchikov about getting rich?

5. Why does Tchitchikov leave N?

6. Why do Anna and Sofia think Tchitchikov is collecting dead souls?

7. Why is Tchitchikov happy to make Skudronzhoglo's acquaintance?

8. How does the general react when Tchitchikov tells him that Andrey is sorry for their disagreement?

9. Why does Andrey quit his first job in Petersburg?

10. What happens when Tchitchikov tries to go to the governor's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore Plyushkin's role in the book. What is his significance? How is his character more believable than Gogol's other landowners? Do you think he is meant to be a caricature? Why or why not? How does his presence enhance the reader's understanding of Tchitchikov? What can be learned about Tchitchikov by examining his treatment of Plyushkin?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think Gogol divided his story into two parts? How does the division help the reader understand the story better? How does it make the story more complex? Could each section stand alone and be successful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the character Madame Korobotcha. What role does she play in the story? What is interesting about the way Tchitchikov treats her? How does Madame Korobotcha's role in the story help the reader to get a better idea about the motives and true nature of Tchitchikov?

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