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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. Who is Mrs. Lembke hosting in her salon?

2. What last-minute effort does Stavrogin make to avert the duel?

3. How many shots does each duelist get to take?

4. What would normally happen to youth who behave as these youth are behaving?

5. How many paces separate the two duelists?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Shatov respond to Lisa Tushin's proposal?

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

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

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

7. What happens to Lisa after she hears about Stavrogin's role in Mary and the Captain's murder?

8. How are Stavrogin and Lisa getting along the morning after the night they spent together?

9. What story does Stepan, in his fever, think is representative of contemporary Russia?

10. What business does Peter conduct with Kirilov in the raining cold of the night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Are Shatov and Stepan Verkhovensky heroes in The Possessed? Why or why not? Are Peter Verkhovensky and Stavrogin heroes? Are they villains?

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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