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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 find a picture of?

2. Who does Myshkin try to visit at the Scales hotel?

3. Who does Madam Yephanchin want to talk to as soon as she sees the photo of Nastassya?

4. Who runs after Nastassya and Rogozhin when they leave?

5. What story does Ganja's father tell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Hippolite tries to kill himself?

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

4. How does Myshkin contradict what Aglaya has told him about Ganja?

5. How do the people at the party react to the accident Myshkin causes?

6. How do the guests at the Yephanchins' react to Myshkin's response to Radomsky's political views?

7. How does the General treat Prince Myshkin?

8. What happens to Myshkin when Rogozhin tries to kill him?

9. How does Aglaya react to Ganja's letter?

10. What does Myskhin's view of dueling seem to be?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the role of family in the characters' lives.

1) How do the characters' families and social positions affect their lives? How do family relationships affect how the characters are accepted by society?

2) How does it affect Nastassya that her parents are killed when she is young? How do the characters' upbringings affect their personalities and attitudes?

3) How do the characters' families try to influence the characters' lives and decisions? What forces do families use to influence family members' behavior.

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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