The Idiot Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How did Rogozhin become estranged from his father?

Rogozhin's father gave him money to pay off an account. Instead of using the money as he was supposed to, Rogozhin bought earrings fro a woman named Nastassya Flippovna.

2. What does Rogozhin and Lebedev's relationship seem to be like during their conversation on the train?

The two men seem competitive with each other regarding their social positions and their mutual interest in Nastassya Flippovna.

3. How does the footman treat Prince Myshkin when he first arrives at the Yephanchins' house?

The footman distrusts the Prince because he seems impoverished, without many belongings or good clothes. At first the footman makes Myshkin stay in the anteroom and won't let him smoke, but the footman realizes that the Prince is "simple" and even begins to enjoy talking with him.

4. How does the General treat Prince Myshkin?

The General seems kind and friendly to the Prince. He's not ready to give the Prince charity and initially denies the Prince help, but he spends the time to talk with the Prince and find something useful the Prince can do.

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