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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 power does Golyadkin say he has?

2. What is Golyadkin’s feeling about the money in his wallet?

3. Which of the following best characterizes the narrator’s technique of describing the banquet by accounting for his inability to describe the event sufficiently?

4. What is Olsufy Ivanovich’s disability?

5. How do the clerks characterize Golyadkin’s appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Golyadkin’s entrance into Olsufy Ivanovich’s banquet.

2. What is Golyadkin’s relationship with his coworkers?

3. Describe Golyadkin’s relationship with Petrushka.

4. Describe Golyadkin’s first encounter with his double.

5. Describe the action that takes place among the characters at the banquet in the beginning of Chapter 4.

6. What kinds of goods does Golyadkin go shopping for at Nevsky Prospekt?

7. What confession does Golyadkin make to Krestyan Ivanovich?

8. Describe Golyadkin’s arrival at Olsufy Ivanovich’s house.

9. What does Dostoevsky say about the money Golyadkin counts and relishes?

10. Where does Golyadkin go after leaving Olsufy Ivanovich’s house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

Make an argument for the genre that best describes The Double. Is it a parody? A satire? A morality tale? A philosophical discourse on uncanniness? A psychological study of madness—or something else. Explain why the term you chose is the better fit than the others.

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