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 animal does Thoma compare to Basavruik's eyes?

2. What does Valuka say Oksana has to bring her before she marries him?

3. Which member of Ivan's family dies?

4. Where does Gorobets bring Katerina and her baby for protection?

5. What does the church elder like to drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nikiforovich say to Ivanovich in court?

2. What does Ivanovich find out about in the letters?

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

4. Why do the devil and the witch want to cause problems between Valuka and Choub?

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

6. Describe the old couple's life on the farm?

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

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

9. Describe Akaky's appearance.

10. What is the moral of the story?

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

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

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?

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