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 does Nozdroyov tell Tchitchikov that he came to visit him?

2. Who drops dead while thinking about Tchitchikov and the rumors around him?

3. How many souls does Tchitchikov say his uncle owns?

4. How much money does Vassilyevitch have?

5. What does Sofia say is no longer in style?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tchitchikov get a late start on his day the morning after Nozdroyov visits him?

2. Why does Madame Korobotcha come to N?

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

4. Why is Tchitchikov interested in Platon?

5. Why do the men of N. decide they do not want to be associated with Tchitchikov?

6. Why does Nozdroyov go to visit Tchitchikov?

7. How does Tchitchikov feel about General Betrishtchev when he meets him?

8. Why does Andrey stop pursuing Ulinka?

9. How does Andrey react when Tchitchikov visits him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about the houses of the people that Tchitchikov visits? Why do you think the author gives such vivid descriptions of the houses and their furnishings? How do the homes reflect their owners? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Why is it significant that the narrator waits until the end of Part 1 to reveal the true nature of Tchitchikov? How does he try to make the reader feel sorry for Tchitchikov? Is he successful? Why do you think the narrator is so intent on making Tchitchikov out to be a hero when he has done so many horrible things?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Selifan and Petrushka? How are they relevant to the story? How does Tchitchikov treat them? How does the narrator treat them? What point is the author making by giving two serfs a large role in the novel?

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