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. What does Ganja say happened to Burdovsky's real father?

2. What happens to General Ivolgin?

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

4. Who does General Ivolgin tell Myshkin he befriended as a young boy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens when Hippolite tries to kill himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss death in the novel.

1) Discuss Hippolite's attempted suicide and impending death from disease. How does Hippolite perceive death? How does he deal with impending death?

2) Discuss General Ivolgin's death from stroke. What does death mean to the General and those around him? What perspective does his first stroke and eventual death put on his disagreement with Lebedev?

3) Discuss Nastassya's death. What leads up to her death? What does her death mean to Rogozhin and to Myshkin? What does death mean to Nastassya?

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

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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