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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 is Stepan's impression of the confrontation that took place at Mrs. Stavrogin's house?

2. Why did Nicholas initially take an interest in Captain Lebyatkin?

3. What is Captain Lebyatkin's reputation?

4. How does the Verkhovensky circle feel about Nicholas Stavrogin?

5. In what way do Virginsky and Shatov resemble one another?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Peter planning with regard to Shatov?

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

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

4. What condition does Julia Lembke impose on invitations to the fête she is planning for the town?

5. Who dies as a result of Shatov's murder? Who is arrested?

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

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

8. What is Shigalyov's new plan of social organization?

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

10. What happens to Stepan at the inn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Following the allegory of the swine from Luke, are the demons cast out of the society of the novel? Are they cast out of Russian society by Dostoevsky's novel?

Essay Topic 2

What is the economy of The Possessed? Where does money come from, and does money come from any new places or reside in any new places as a result of the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Peter Verkhovensky exploits the blindness, weakness and gullibility of many characters as he works his wiles. Does the action of the book change any of those characters so that they are immune from Peter's machinations? Asked another way--is The Possessed a moral book that teaches a lesson, or a cynical book that teaches that there are no lessons, only different actors with different motivations?

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