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. Where does Myshkin recuperate from his seizure?

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

3. What entertainment do the Prince and the Yephanchins watch after they walk in the park?

4. What does Hippolite say he is going to read?

5. Where does Hippolite plan to kill himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Myshkin feel, when he gets to Madam Yephanchin and is sitting at the table with Aglaya and the other guests?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Madam Yephanchin think about, as she brings Myshkin to her house?

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

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

10. What is Ganja's attitude toward his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss religion in the novel.

1) What stories do the characters tell about religion and about God? What do these stories mean? Why does the author include them in the novel?

2) What do Myshkin and Rogozhin say about the religious painting in Rogozhin's house? What is the significance of the painting? Does it reveal anything about Rogozhin's relationship to religion? What about the crosses that the two men exchange? What is the religious significance of the crosses?

3) How does Myshkin react when he learns his benefactor turned to Catholicism before his death? What does this say about Myshkin's attitude toward religion? How is Myshkin's attitude toward religion different than the other characters' attitudes?

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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