Notes from the Underground 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. Just before the writer gets into the sleigh, what does he decide he must do?

2. What does the writer want from Liza?

3. At what time does the writer arrive at the diner party?

4. What does the writer state happens to stupid Russian romantics?

5. What does the writer do during the toast to Zverkov?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 2, Chapter 1, the writer discusses his feelings about his job. What are these feelings?

2. The writer seems very indecisive at times. While in the beginning of Part 2, Chapter 1 the writer states that he does not socialize with his co-workers, he later tells the reader that he sometimes tries to make friends with them. Discuss his feelings about this change in attitude toward the co-workers.

3. What is Zverkov's attitude toward the writer?

4. Why does the writer state that in his life he often takes insignificant roles?

5. The writer wakes up after being drunk and finds someone next to him. How does he describe this person?

6. Why is the writer surprised that Liza does not leave after being lied to and yelled at?

7. What is Apollon's reaction to the writer when he is asked to go to the tavern for tea and biscuits?

8. In Part 2, Chapter 8, the writer is thinking back to the events of the previous day. He begins thinking about when he lit the room and saw Liza. How does he remember her face?

9. Why does the writer think Liza comes to his apartment?

10. In Part 2, Chapter 6, the writer wakes up to a clock chiming. How does he describe the clock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All stories have conflict. Describe the type or types of conflict expressed in this story and if or how they are resolved by the end of the story.

Essay Topic 2

In your opinion, do you think the writer is a "Hero" or a "Coward"? Provide examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The writer states that there are some things a man cannot tell his closest friends and even some things that man cannot be honest about with himself. He then comments that he will try to be honest when writing his notes. Do you think the writer is truly honest with himself throughout the entire book?

If yes, explain your answer. If no, does the writer ever become fully honest with himself and, if so, at what point?

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