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 games do Aglaya's sisters report that she played with her visitor?

2. What happens to General Ivolgin?

3. At Madam Yephanchin's gathering, who argues that Burdovsky did not take advantage of Myshkin?

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

5. How long does Ganja tell Myshkin that Nastassya has been in town?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why hasn't Myshkin visited the Yephanchins?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Myshkin contradict what Aglaya has told him about Ganja?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters' reactions and actions in the novel are often emotional ones. Discuss emotionalism in the novel.

1) How do Aglaya and Nastassya both react emotionally? How do their emotional reactions influence events and others' perceptions of them? What decisions do they make based on emotions?

2) How are Myshkin and Rogozhin's reactions different? What role does emotion play in each man's life?

3) How are Lebedev, General Ivolgin, Ganja, and other characters emotional? What consequences do their emotional responses contribute to?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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