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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 does Mrs. Stavrogin want to find out at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. Who throws Stepan Verkhovensky out of the conversation?

3. What is Peter predicting in the time after the confrontation at Mrs. Stavrogin's house?

4. What is Kirilov's involvement in Stavrogin's plan?

5. What is Peter planning throughout Part II of The Possessed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the gathering at Mr. Virginsky's house?

2. What is Peter planning with regard to Shatov?

3. How are Liputin, Shatov and Virginsky described when we meet them?

4. How would you characterize the opposition between Stepan and Peter?

5. How does Stepan Verkhovensky react to having his house raided?

6. What plans does Peter seem to be making at the end of Part II, Chapter 4?

7. What kind of uprising is Peter planning?

8. What does Peter tell us about why Nicholas Stavrogin treated Miss Lebyatkin the way he did?

9. What do we know about the poem, A Noble Character?

10. What happens when Peter mentions that Stepan believes that Dasha has fallen into disrepute in Switzerland?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is The Possessed a Christian novel? What kind of Christianity does it align with? Old Testament or New Testament? In what ways does the novel seem atheistic, or existential?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of literature in The Possessed? What kinds of literature are there, and what do characters expect from writers and from novels and from tracts? What effect do writers and literature have on society?

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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