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. How does Valuka portray the devil in his painting?

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

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

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

5. How does Katerina try to kill her father?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Valuka gain back his self respect?

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

5. How does Ivas save Pyotr from a beating?

6. Describe Ivan's time in the regiment?

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

8. How does this story end?

9. How does Katerina die in this story?

10. How does Afansay react to Pulkheria's death?

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

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 3

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?

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