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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 Mrs. Luzhin hope to interest her husband in?

2. When Mrs. Luzhin's intellectual guests gather at the tea table, what is the immediate response?

3. What does Mrs. Luzhin feel when she reads to her husband?

4. What two events become mixed up in Luzhin's perception?

5. What are townspeople doing in the area where there are tennis courts in the summer, at the beginning of Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Luzhin feel at his wedding reception?

2. What does Valentinov want Luzhin to do for him?

3. What does Luzhin think is the point of the "game" being played against him?

4. What is Mrs. Luzhin reminded of when she reads Soviet newspapers?

5. How does Luzhin's fiancee feel about their new apartment as she furnishes it?

6. How does Luzhin's fiancee's mother react to the idea that Luzhin is drunk?

7. What does Luzhin realize when he overhears his wife talking to her visitor?

8. How does Luzhin kill himself?

9. What are Mrs. Luzhin's political opinions about the Soviet Union?

10. What books that his fiancee brings him in the sanatorium does Luzhin enjoy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss marriage in the novel.

1) How does Luzhin's parent's marriage play out? What example of marriage does Luzhin have as a child?

2) Why does Luzhin marry? What does he expect from marriage? What does his wife expect from marriage? What do others expect from their marriage?

3) What other examples of marriage are there in the novel? What is Luzhin's wife's parents' marriage like? What does the novel say about marriage in general?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the point of view of the novel.

1) What insight does the reader gain into Luzhin's character through seeing his point of view that other characters are blind to?

2) Why does the author choose to show the points of view that he does at the times that he does? Why does the author show us Luzhin's father's point of view, his wife's point of view, and his mother-in-law's point of view? What insights do these shifts in point of view give the reader?

3) What characters' points of view are not included in the novel? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss obsession in the novel.

1) Why is Luzhin obsessed with chess? Is this unhealthy, as his psychiatrist suggests?

2) What are other characters' obsessions? Does Luzhin's father have an obsession? Does his wife have one? What about other characters?

3) Can Luzhin's obsession be broken? Should it be?

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