Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Ivan's "Literary" Preface Abstract
* Ivan tells his brother Alyosha that every story must have a preface and proceeds to give him one regarding a story he is about to tell.
"His" Coming Abstract
* Ivan cites examples of religious characters in literature.
Enter the Grand Inquisitor Abstract
* Ivan discusses Christian faith and how...
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