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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. Whom does Mrs. Stavrogin invite into the conversation that starts Chapter 5?

2. How are the youth of the town behaving at the time of the fête?

3. What is Stepan Verkhovensky's relationship with Mrs. Stavrogin?

4. What are the terms under which Stepan departs Mrs. Stavrogin's house?

5. Who is on his way to visit at the end of the second chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do people explain the gathering of workers from the Spigulin factory?

2. What does Mrs. Stavrogin suggest as a result of her sense that she is getting older?

3. What does Peter ask his father after he (Peter) has recounted the story of Stavrogin and Miss Lebyatkin?

4. Where was Shatov's wife, Mary, before she returned to him, and what condition is she in when she returns?

5. What happens when Shatov shows up to meet Peter and Erkel?

6. What is on the schedule for the fête, and what is Julia Lembke's position in town on the eve of the fête?

7. Where does Stepan go after he leaves Mrs. Stavrogin's house?

8. How many people end up involved in the conversation between Mrs. Stavrogin and Shatov at the beginning of Chapter 3 in Part I?

9. What is Verkhovensky's status in Russian society?

10. What objections are raised to murdering Shatov, and who raises them?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is the duel between Gaganov and Stavrogin a metaphor for the book? Is the murder of Captain and Mary Lebyatkin a better metaphor? What event in the book is most representative of the book as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

What is the moral of The Possessed? Is conversion to Christianity a real solution to the problems the book presents? Is there a difference between the social problems the book presents us with and the problems of individual morality that the characters face?

Essay Topic 3

Peter Verkhovensky spends much of the book agitating for an uprising, but the violence results in the deaths of many of the main characters and the arrest of many of Peter's co-conspirators. Is the action of the book a success insofar as it stirred up trouble in the society of the town? Or is it a failure insofar as it did not accomplish a complete reinvention of Russian society?

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