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 tells Myshkin that the duel with the officer has been called off?

2. What reason does Myshkin give Aglaya for him coming to Pavlovsk?

3. Who does Myshkin realize is the woman from his dream in the park?

4. Why does Hippolite realize, after seeing Rogozhin in his room at night, that Rogozhin couldn't have been there?

5. What is Radomsky's view of liberalism?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Keller ask Myshkin for?

2. What happens when Hippolite tries to kill himself?

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

4. Why does Hippolite want to kill himself?

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

6. How does General Ivolgin act when he talks to Myshkin after his argument with Lebedev?

7. What does Aglaya say to Myshkin, after her proposal to him?

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

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

10. What leads up to the violence in the park?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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