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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 reason does the narrator give for his inability to describe the scene at the banquet?

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

3. How does Golyadkin refer to Olsufy Ivanovich?

4. How long does Golyadkin wait in the cold before entering the banquet?

5. What does Golyadkin find unusual about Petrushka the morning after the banquet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the reader’s introduction to Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin.

2. What is Krestyan Ivanovich’s opinion of Golyadkin?

3. 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?

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

5. What is Golyadkin’s sense as he chases the stranger?

6. What confession does Golyadkin make to Krestyan Ivanovich?

7. Describe Golyadkin’s interaction with Andrey Filippovich after his interaction with Gerasimych.

8. Describe Golyadkin’s carriage journey in Chapter 1.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the essence of The Double? If you could sum up the insights it brings the reader to, what is the story ultimately about, or rather, what does the story get the reader to see?

Essay Topic 2

Is the Double a particularly Russian novella? Is it limited to its courtly setting, or is it a universal tale about human psychology?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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