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 is Radomsky's view of liberalism?

2. Where does Aglaya say she comes some mornings at 7 o'clock?

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

4. What phrase did Koyla overhear Aglaya say while she was reading Don Quixote?

5. To whom does Aglaya ask Koyla to give the animal she's bought?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would Myshkin probably act, if he were in Lebedev's place in the disagreement between Lebedev and General Ivolgin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens when Hippolite tries to kill himself?

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 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

Myshkin is known for his forgiveness of others throughout the novel. Discuss forgiveness in the novel.

1) Why does Myshkin continue to forgive others for wrongs, including Rogozhin's murder of Nastassya? Are there other characters in the novel that forgive each other for wrongdoings?

2) How does the knowledge of assured forgiveness affect the characters' behavior? Does it make Lebedev more likely to be complicit in the scandalous article against Myshkin? Does forgiveness have a negative affect on characters?

3) When do the characters not forgive each other? How does the lack of forgiveness affect the characters' lives?

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