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 the wife in this story?

2. What rank is Ivan promoted to after eleven years?

3. Which word best describes Ivan's aunt's personality?

4. How does the cat change when it returns home?

5. What is the name of Katerina's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the characters at the end of the story?

2. How does Valuka gain possession of the devil's shoes?

3. Summarize the Night Before Christmas story.

4. Why is Katerina so frightened as she travels home with her husband?

5. How do the three students come upon the farmstead?

6. What is remarkable about Afanasy's house?

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

8. Why does Khoma have to say an eulogy for the cossack's daughter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Gogol say about pride? How does he use story elements such as characterization to express his view?

Essay Topic 2

With the students, discuss how one of the stories have influenced popular culture. Has the short story been adapted into any modern forms such as film? Has the story ever been referenced in popular culture? How has that medium adapted the story to contemporary society? Following the discussion, have the students write an essay on the subject of popular culture.

Essay Topic 3

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

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