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 did God allow Ivan to decide?

2. Who appears at the wedding but quickly disappears?

3. How does Ivan describe his aunt's appearance?

4. What does the author say a father's heart is not made from?

5. What does the church elder like to drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ivanovich obtain the stack of letters?

2. How does Pytor cope with his role in the murder of Ivas?

3. Why has the devil cast darkness over Dikanka?

4. Describe Nevsky Prospect?

5. Describe Akaky's appearance.

6. How does Ivas save Pyotr from a beating?

7. How does Grigory react when Ivan asks him about signing over the deed?

8. What advice did Chartov's professor give him?

9. Why does Ivan have to retire from the regiment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the short story the Nose.

1) How does Gogol use satire in the story to create meaning?

2) How does the satire relate to 19th century Russian society?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose two characters, and write an essay comparing and contrasting them.

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