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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 Dostoevsky characterize Golyadkin’s personality?

2. What is Golyadkin’s frame of reference for understanding the banquet?

3. What events are omitted between the end of Chapter 5 and the beginning of Chapter 6?

4. What kind of look does Golyadkin assume when Golyadkin Junior approaches him for the first time?

5. What time is it when Golyadkin leaves the banquet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rhetorical stance does the narrator take in describing the banquet at Olsufy Ivanovich’s house, and what is the effect of this stance for the reader?

2. Describe Golyadkin’s feelings on leaving Olsufy Ivanovich’s house.

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

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

5. What blunders does Golyadkin make when he enters Krestyan Ivanovich’s office?

6. Describe the weather into which Golyadkin is expelled from the banquet.

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

8. What is the meaning and significance of Golyadkin’s statement that “it’s not me at all”?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of women in Petersburg society, and in Golyadkin’s life? How does Dostoevsky describe the women in The Double? How is their society different from men’s?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the proposition that The Double is best read in a state of comic diversion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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