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. What reason does the writer give for his behavior at work?

2. How much does the writer owe Simonov in this section?

3. The day after the dinner party, the writer goes for a walk. At what time does he return home?

4. In what is Zverkov an expert?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The writer describes some office clerks that repulse him. Discuss these characters.

3. At the end of Part 2, Chapter 5, the writer is in the room with the prostitute and glances in the mirror. What does he see and how does he feel about it?

4. After the writer has finished his speech to Liza, he turns to leave. Before he goes, she gives him a letter to read. Who was the letter from and what did it say?

5. What reasons does the writer give for loathing his old classmate Zverkov?

6. What does the writer find when he arrives at the dinner party and how does he feel about it?

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

8. How does the writer try to cover up his feelings about Liza being at his apartment?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss who the writer is writing to. Does he anticipate others to read his notes? Does he withhold any information in fear that someone will read his notes? What does this style of narration add to or take away from the story?

Essay Topic 2

In Part 1, Chapter 5, the writer states that he participates in self-degradation in lieu of boredom. Provide examples of this. Do you think the writer does this to fight his boredom or could there be other reasons? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In Part 1, Chapter 5, the writer seems very concerned about making the distinction between intelligent and unintelligent people. Discuss the writer's view on intelligent versus unintelligent people. How does he distinguish them? How does he feel about each? How does the writer view himself in this regard?

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