The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol Test | Final 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 is the nationality of the shop owner?

2. What kind of animal is Medgi?

3. Who does Prirogov dream the young could have been?

4. In which city is Nevsky Prospect located?

5. What does Kovalev use to hide the fact he has no nose?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pirogov get beaten up in this story?

2. How does Ivanonich insult Nikiforovich at the beginning of the story?

3. What is Pythagor's social standing?

4. How do people react to the paintings in the art shop in Shchukin market?

5. How does Kovalev react when his nose returns?

6. How does Ivan Yakovlevich find Kovalev's nose?

7. Why does Ivanovich have to bring his sow before the court?

8. What does Nikiforovich say to Ivanovich in court?

9. What advice did Chartov's professor give him?

10. How does Ivan dispose of Kovalev's nose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

The Collected Tales are translated from Russian into English. How much meaning can a book loses through a translation? What aspects of the book do you think would be the most difficult to express in English? How do you think a translator can overcome these difficulties?

Essay Topic 3

What does Gogol say about faith? How does he use story elements such as characterization and setting to express his view? Is the theme is still relevant today?

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