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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. Why does Nicholas treat Miss Lebyatkin so well?

2. Who throws Stepan Verkhovensky out of the conversation?

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

4. Who punches Nicholas Stavrogin in the face?

5. How has Shatov prepared to defend himself against Stavrogin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has Shatov's state of mind been like since the confrontation, during which he struck Stavrogin?

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

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

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

6. What does Peter tell us about Nicholas Stavrogin's relationship with Miss Lebyatkin?

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

8. What does Karmazinov think about Russia?

9. How does Stepan Verhovensky feel about Verkhovensky's marriage to Dasha?

10. What do Erkel and Peter tell Shatov when they meet with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What kinds of violence are depicted in The Possessed? Are there different rules and expectations for each kind of violence? Are some kinds of violence more effective in resolving problems than others? Is violence ever a useful tool in The Possessed, or is it always merely destructive?

Essay Topic 3

How are women depicted in The Possessed? Are they mere symbols of sexual attributes like desirability and innocence and seduction, or are they individuals with complex feelings and thoughts? How are they distinguished from the male characters, or are they treated as similarly-independent, self-reliant souls?

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