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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. What causes Mrs. Stavrogin to separate with Stepan Verkhovensky?

3. Who punches Nicholas Stavrogin in the face?

4. In whose house is Peter spreading rumors in the days before the fête?

5. Who throws Stepan Verkhovensky out of the conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What stories and events are swirling in the aftermath of the confrontation that ended Part 1?

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

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

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

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

6. How do people explain the gathering of workers from the Spigulin factory?

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

8. Describe Mrs. Stavrogin's relationship with Verkhovensky.

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

10. What injuries are inflicted during the duel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the genre of The Possessed? Is it a realistic novel of Russian life, or is it something else? A philosophical melodrama? A political thriller? An allegory of radicalism?

Essay Topic 2

Is there a consistent morality in The Possessed? Do violent people always pay a price for their acts of violence? Are criminals and scoundrels always caught and punished, or made to suffer somehow? Is innocent suffering redeemed?

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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