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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reason does the narrator have for visiting Lembke?
(a) He wants to know why he is being searched.
(b) He wants to arrange to get out of the country.
(c) He wants to testify against Peter Verkhovensky.
(d) He wants to prevent Stepan Verkhovensky from doing anything silly.

2. What kind of speech does Stepan Verkhovensky give?
(a) A justification of revolutionary acts.
(b) A jeremiad against the people themselves.
(c) An attack on materialism.
(d) A defense of high culture.

3. Russia's salvation seems to reside where, in Dostoevsky's opinion?
(a) In the radicals.
(b) In the monarchy.
(c) In the peasants.
(d) In the Church.

4. What is Shigalyov's plan for the new social organization?
(a) Eliminate the aristocracy.
(b) Abolish industrialism and return to farming.
(c) Liberate the peasants.
(d) Enslave 90% of humanity.

5. Whom does Stavrogin defend from Peter?
(a) Captain Leybatkin.
(b) Virginsky.
(c) Shatov.
(d) Fedka.

6. What had some poor people done to prepare for the fête?
(a) Pawned their belongings to buy gowns.
(b) Moved away to make room for Lembke's guests.
(c) Stolen money from Lembke.
(d) Broken into the banquet hall.

7. The first chapter of Part 3 is set the day after what?
(a) Shatov's wife returns.
(b) Peter Verkhvensky's house being searched.
(c) The factory riot.
(d) The meeting at Virginsky's.

8. How does the audience respond to Karminazov's reading?
(a) They begin to riot.
(b) They sing Karminazov's praises.
(c) They weep at the beauty of it.
(d) They are bored.

9. Why is The Possessed an inaccurate transposition of the story of the swine in Luke?
(a) The devils that haunt Russia are not as easy to cast out as Peter and his radicals.
(b) The devils are more destructive in the story, and also more difficult to control.
(c) The devils reside in the human heart, and can never be cast out completely.
(d) Russia's tumultuous revolution dwarfs the revolutionary action of the novel.

10. What effect does the birth of Shatov's child have on him?
(a) It fills him with forgiveness for his wife's infidelity.
(b) It renews his commitment to revolutionary ideals.
(c) It renews his faith in God.
(d) It fills him with dread for the world's sufferings.

11. Who takes the stage after Stepan Verkhovensky?
(a) A mad professor.
(b) Julia Lembke.
(c) Stavrogin.
(d) Liputin.

12. Shatov is happy to see his wife in spite of what?
(a) Her poverty.
(b) Her disdain for him.
(c) Her illness.
(d) Her infidelity.

13. What cover do the fifteen people use for gathering at Virginsky's house?
(a) They are there to help him through his illness.
(b) They are there to celebrate his birthday.
(c) They are there to celerate the birth of his son.
(d) They are there to help him move.

14. Which revolutionary dissociates himself from murder as a strategy?
(a) Peter Verkhovensky.
(b) Virginsky.
(c) Shatov.
(d) Shigalyov.

15. What crime is Fedka implicated in?
(a) Theft.
(b) Arson.
(c) Treason.
(d) Murder.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Shatov ask Kirilov for after he discovers that his wife is pregnant?

2. What happens to Stavrogin as the novel concludes?

3. Who do the townspeople believe killed Mary and Captain Lebyatkin?

4. Why do the townspeople think the Lebyatkins were killed?

5. What does Virginsky say to the radicals after Shatov's wife gives birth?

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