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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 runs after Nastassya and Rogozhin when they leave?

2. Who gives Aglaya a letter from Myshkin?

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

4. What is Rogozhin's house like?

5. What skill does the Prince tell the General that he has?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Yephanchin say he has to be guilty over someone's death?

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

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

4. Why is Ganja marrying Nastassya?

5. What does Myshkin feel when he gets off the train arriving in St. Petersburg?

6. What wrongs does Ganja accuse Myshkin of during this section?

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

8. What does Myshkin do, when Ganja apologizes for hitting him?

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

10. How does Madam Yephanchin react to Myshkin going off to collect his inheritance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature of goodness in the novel.

1) In what ways does Myshkin embody goodness? Is Myshkin's goodness always truly good?

2) Why can't Myshkin's goodness survive in St. Petersburg society? Is goodness doomed to tragedy and failure?

3) Does Rogozhin have any goodness in him? In what ways are the other characters good?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss fate in the novel.

1) What forces, both within the characters themselves and outside the characters, dictate the paths that the characters' lives take in the novel? To what extent are the characters able to make choices about their lives and control their own destinies?

2) In the novel, there are moments of prophecy, as when Myshkin predicts that Nastassya will marry Rogozhin, and then Rogozhin will murder her. What do these moments of prophecy say about fate and destiny in the novel?

3) Could the novel have ended in any other way, for these particular characters in this particular society?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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