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. How does Philippovich feel about the new Soviet order in Moscow?

2. What does Sharik notice about the examination room?

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

4. What does Philippovich advise the group of four who visit his office to wear?

5. On evenings Philippovich stays in, what does he study in his office?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 3, what does Sharik destroy from Philippovich's office, and why isn't he punished?

2. In Chapter 2, what does the group of four young people want, and how does Philippovich deal with the situation?

3. What does Sharik look like around January 8th?

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

5. What are Sharik's last thoughts before being put under for the surgery?

6. What does Sharik notice when he awakes in the examination room in Chapter 2?

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

8. How does the dog judge people, and what does he decide about the sharply dressed gentleman?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss conflict in Heart of a Dog. Who is in conflict with who or what? How do the conflicts play out in the narrative? Are the conflicts resolved? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Russian Revolution. Why is the Russian Revolution referenced in the book Heart of a Dog? What does Philippovich feel about the changes that have taken place because of the revolution? What changes have taken place?

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