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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. How many previous marriages has Stepan Verkhovensky had?

2. What is Julia Lembke's hope for the children?

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

4. What belief does Kirilov profess to Stavrogin?

5. Who throws Stepan Verkhovensky out of the conversation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Stepan's house searched?

3. What is Peter's relationship with Stavrogin?

4. What does Mrs. Stavrogin find out about Nicholas' relationship with Mss Lebyatikin?

5. What do people have to do to gain admission to the fête, and how are people finding money for the fête?

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

7. What kind of uprising is Peter planning?

8. Describe the events that take place on stage at the fête.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is Dostoevsky's perspective on the action in The Possessed? Is he narrating in all seriousness, or is he ironically or satirically detached from his characters?

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