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. Who does most of the old couple's work on the farm?

2. What kind of student is Ivan?

3. What does Korzh take off the wall to punish Peter?

4. What is the main thing the old couple grow on the farm?

5. Who does Danilo fight with when he arrives home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Akaky's appearance.

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

3. Why has the devil cast darkness over Dikanka?

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

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

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

7. What is the curse that Petro had put upon him?

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

9. What is Pythagor's social standing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of Gogol's previous works and contrast it with the The Collected Tales in terms of the following:

1. Style.

2. Structure.

3. Themes.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

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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