Final Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Burdovsky want from Myshkin?
2. To whom does Aglaya ask Koyla to give the animal she's bought?
3. Where does Aglaya say she comes some mornings at 7 o'clock?
4. What does Ganja tell Varya he wants to do at the beginning of Part IV?
5. What does Hippolite say he is going to read?
Myshkin is often considered a Christ figure in the novel. Discuss Myshkin as a Christ figure.
1) What aspects of goodness does Myshkin embody? Does the author think these traits are truly, and always, good? How are these traits contrasted against the society of St. Petersburg?
2) Why does Myshkin end up insane at the end of the novel? How does this ending compare to the crucifixion of Christ? Does Myshkin in any way provide salvation, as a Christ figure?
3) In what ways is Myshkin dissimilar from Christ?
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?
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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