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 kind of animal is Pulkheria's favorite pet?

2. What does Ivan's aunt want him to do?

3. Who owns the property next to Ivan's farm?

4. What is the witch's name?

5. What animal does Thoma compare to Basavruik's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ivan's time in the regiment?

4. How does this story end?

5. How does Khoma realize the old lady is a witch?

6. What is the moral of the story?

7. How does Katerina die in this story?

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

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

10. How does Valuka gain back his self respect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the role religion plays in the stories.

1. What does Gogol express about religion in his stories?

2. What part has religion played in religion society and how is it different from religion in America?

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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