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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. Who does the General suggest that Prince Myshkin stay with?

2. What does Myshkin learn about Nastassya's engagement to Rogozhin?

3. Who is at the door at Ganja's home, when Myshkin answers it?

4. What does Nastassya use to retrieve the money?

5. Where does Ganja live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Burdovsky feel he is owed something from Myshkin?

2. How does Madam Yephanchin react, after Burdovsky and his companions object to the information Ganja reveals about Burdovsky?

3. How does Nastassya react to Rogozhin's offer of a present?

4. How does Aglaya react to winning and losing at games?

5. Why does Hippolite want to kill himself?

6. What stories does Myshkin tell Rogozhin about religion?

7. Why hasn't Myshkin visited the Yephanchins?

8. How does Myshkin answer Nastassya's question to him, and what is Rogozhin's response?

9. What does Yephanchin say that he did to make up for his guilty feelings?

10. What does Myshkin predict about Rogozhin and Nastassya Filippovna?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the values of St. Petersburg society that are revealed in the novel.

1) What are the professed values of the characters in the novel? How do they express their professed values?

2) What values are revealed by the characters' actions? How are the values the characters live by different from the values they profess?

3) How are Myshkin's value and style of living different from the values of St. Petersburg society? How does Myshkin reveal the values of St. Petersburg society, by comparison?

Essay Topic 2

The characters' reactions and actions in the novel are often emotional ones. Discuss emotionalism in the novel.

1) How do Aglaya and Nastassya both react emotionally? How do their emotional reactions influence events and others' perceptions of them? What decisions do they make based on emotions?

2) How are Myshkin and Rogozhin's reactions different? What role does emotion play in each man's life?

3) How are Lebedev, General Ivolgin, Ganja, and other characters emotional? What consequences do their emotional responses contribute to?

Essay Topic 3

Myshkin and Rogozhin are the two main male characters in the novel, and they are contrasted in many ways. Discuss the similarities and differences between Rogozhin and Myshkin.

1) How are Myshkin and Rogozhin physically different? How are their social positions and possessions different? What do these differences indicate about their characters?

2) Compare Myshkin and Rogozhins' responses to others. How do they react to perceived wrongs? How do they react to the forces of society and individuals that influence their behaviors?

3) Why do Myshkin and Rogozhin become close, so that Myshkin greets Rogozhin as a brother? Why does Rogozhin go to Myshkin at the end of the novel after he's killed Nastassya? In what ways are the men similar, and what bond do they share?

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