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 the cat change when it returns home?

2. What color is Basavriuk as he sits on the stump?

3. Where does Ivan meet Grigory?

4. What does the Cossack say he will do if Khoma does not return to his daughter's coffin?

5. What is Gorobets and his family celebrating in this story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why has the devil cast darkness over Dikanka?

3. Summarize the Night Before Christmas story.

4. How does Katerina's father injure Danilo in this story?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Ivan's aunt surprise when he visits her at the farm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the students think Ivan developed his social fear in Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and his Aunt? How does Gogol use the other characters to accentuate Ivan's vulnerabilities?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

How have the stories been arranged? What overall meaning does this give the story collection?

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