The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol 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. What is the name of Katerina's father?

2. What kind of animal does the old woman turn Kouma into?

3. What does Peter need as much as he needs last year's snow?

4. What is the name of the main character in this story?

5. What does Tomar should not be mentioned?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Aunt Vasilisa want Ivan to marry Grigory's younger sister?

2. How does Ivan's aunt surprise when he visits her at the farm?

3. Describe Ivan's time in the regiment?

4. How does this story end?

5. How do the devil and the witch leave Dikanta in pitch darkness?

6. What bad things do the villagers say the witch did when she was alive?

7. How does Ivas save Pyotr from a beating?

8. How does Pulkeria's life change when her cat disappears?

9. Summarize the Night Before Christmas story.

10. What is remarkable about Afanasy's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick a character from one of the stories and discuss his or her goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 2

Gogol's short stories were hugely influential.

How did Gogol help change short story writing? In what way is his influence still felt today?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following and examine it what expresses about mid 19th century society Russia.

1. The use of the devil as a character.

2. The representation of normal people and life

3. Madness.

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