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 do the writer's dreams sometimes cause him to do?

2. What human condition does the writer state he cannot express?

3. What does the writer say about Russian romantics?

4. What contrasting feelings does the writer have toward Liza after his breakdown?

5. What does the writer say about those in other countries with regard to romanticism?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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.

4. The writer continues to ridicule Liza and her work and describes a rather somber death. What does the writer say a prostitute's death will be?

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

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

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

8. When Liza visits the writer at his home, the situation seems rather intense. What does the writer say that people often do in such situations?

9. In Part 2, Chapter 7 the writer is having a conversation with Liza and describes her duties to men. What does he say she must do if he whistles at her?

10. When the writer goes to visit Anton Antonych, there are other men also visiting. What do the men discuss and how does the writer feel about this conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the book, Dostoevsky states that the narrator is fictional. Do you think he is truly fictional or could he possible represent Dostoevsky? Support your answer with evidence from the book and what you've learned about Dostoevsky personally.

Essay Topic 2

The writer discusses men of action. What does he say about men of action? How does he feel about these men? Does he think of himself as a man of action? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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