Great Short Works Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of Schpies's daughter?

2. Who translated these stories into English?

3. What does Shumkov say he did in spite of himself?

4. How old is the child in 'A Little Hero'?

5. What was the talent of the new lodger in 'An Honest Thief'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Murin have Ordynov do when he tells him about his marriage to Katerina?

2. Who was Ivanitch searching for in 'A Novel in Nine Letters'?

3. What happens when the boy rides a pony?

4. What does Osip say he is dependent on?

5. How does 'A Christmas Tree & A Wedding, White Nights' begin and end?

6. Why was Yulian treated the way he was in 'A Christmas Tree & A Wedding, White Nights'?

7. How did Dostoyevsky end 'A Little Hero'?

8. What happens when Ordynov falls ill while walking on the street?

9. Why did Murin marry Katerina?

10. Who did Dostoyevsky say he was sending a message to with 'A Little Hero', and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Belonging and security were two themes present in this book. Where did these themes appear, and which people were most motivated by them in these stories?

Essay Topic 2

Diversity was a major theme in this book as many different lifestyles and ranks in society were involved. How was this theme shown in this book, and why do you think the author felt it was so important?

Essay Topic 3

A few of these stories were satirical in nature. Which of these stories were satires, and what elements of society were being discussed and revealed in those stories?

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