Heart of a Dog 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. Which of the following is not one of the first words Sharik started saying?

2. What does the item Bormenthal is carrying smell like to Sharik?

3. What does Philippovich say he will use to perform an ovarian transplant?

4. Where is the quotation, "No man can serve two masters" from?

5. In Chapter 4, Bormenthal announces that someone had died how many hours ago?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philippovich admit after the surgery is complete?

2. What excites Philippovich early in Chapter 4?

3. Why does Zina beg to be excused from the surgery?

4. Besides the missing galoshes stand, what complaints does Philippovich voice about the new Soviet order?

5. What are the first signs that Sharik is undergoing a transformation?

6. What is the dog doing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

7. What procedure do Dr. Bormenthal and Philippovich carry out on Sharik?

8. Where does Zina take Sharik when he arrives at Philippovich's apartment, and what frightens him there?

9. How does Philippovich say he was able to get Sharik to follow him home?

10. What progress does Sharik make after January 10th?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the religion motif in the novel Heart of a Dog. What are some of the religious or Biblical allusions and metaphors found throughout the novel? Analyze and interpret the different religious references.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the social classes as they are portrayed in the novel Heart of a Dog. What social classes are portrayed? Which characters represent the social classes?

Essay Topic 3

Why might Bulgakov have chosen to include an epilogue? How does the epilogue change one's experience of the novel? Does the epilogue go in a different direction than expected? Would the novel be substantially different if the epilogue was not included?

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