The Idiot 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. Who wrote the article?

2. What does Myshkin say, when Aglaya asks him to marry her in Part IV, Chapter V?

3. What does Ganja tell Varya he wants to do at the beginning of Part IV?

4. Who does Ganja blame for Burdovsky's claim against Myshkin?

5. What does Myshkin offer Burdovsky?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Myshkin treat Rogozhin, after Rogozhin tried to kill him?

2. What does Ganja report about Burdovsky's relationship with Pavlishtchev?

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

4. What are Agalya's plans for herself and Myshkin when she first meets him in the park?

5. How do Myshkin and Agalya each interpret Myshkin's earlier letter to Agalya?

6. What happens when Hippolite tries to kill himself?

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

8. How does Myshkin learn that Nastassya is in town?

9. What does Madam Yephanchin feel about her daughter's relationship with Myshkin?

10. Why hasn't Myshkin visited the Yephanchins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, characters communicate private messages through letters. Discuss the role of letters in the novel.

1) Why do characters use letters to communicate? What types of messages do the characters communicate through letters?

2) How do the intentions of letter-writers and the meanings interpreted by readers differ? Why? What does this say about communication in the novel?

3) How do letters being read by unintended audiences or not delivered affect the course of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Much of the action in the novel happens at parties and social gatherings. Discuss the importance of parties and social gatherings in the novel.

1) Why does so much of the action of the novel take place at parties and social gatherings? How do the characters react differently in these social situations, than in private?

2) What role do parties and social gatherings fulfill in the culture of St. Petersburg? How do they affect the social relationships and social order of the characters?

3) How are events at parties and social gatherings reviewed and critiqued by the people attending the gatherings? How does this change the consequences of those events, which are witnessed by groups of people?

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