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 does Katerina dream that her father is?

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

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

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

5. What does Ivan have nightmares about at the end of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What deal does the devil make with Valuka?

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

4. What is the moral of the story?

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

6. How does this story end?

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

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

9. What is Ivan Fyodorovich like as a student?

10. Why has the devil cast darkness over Dikanka?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What are the differences between a short story and a novel in terms of the following?

1. Language.

2. Character.

3. Structure.

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