The Double 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 time is it when Golyadkin finally gets out of bed?

2. What does Golyadkin say would have happened if it weren’t for “this, all this”?

3. How are Golyadkin’s thoughts characterized when he is at his flat?

4. What is Golyadkin’s sense of what fate has in store for him?

5. What time is it when reaches the office?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Golyadkin Junior like when Golyadkin finds him at the office?

2. What is the importance of the letter Golyadkin receives from Klara Olsufyevna?

3. Describe Golyadkin’s state as he chases Golyadkin after they leave the office together, and how does this state relate to Golyadkin’s previous states?

4. What is Golyadkin’s explanation for Golyadkin Junior’s existence?

5. How does Golyadkin plan to resolve the situation with Golyadkin Junior?

6. What is the outcome of Golyadkin’s appeal to His Excellency?

7. How have things changed when Golyadkin wakes up in the morning after his drunken night with Golyadkin Junior.

8. What is the state of affairs when Golyadkin arrives home and talks with Petrushka?

9. What profound experience does Golyadkin have in his sleep?

10. Why does Golyadkin Junior say he appealed to Golyadkin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

How does Dostoevsky characterize Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he realistic? Is he an Everyman? Is he a symbol of something? Using examples from the text, describe Dostoevsky’s accomplishment in creating Golyadkin.

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