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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who kills Shatov?
2. What is the overall message of The Possessed?
3. Russia's salvation seems to reside where, in Dostoevsky's opinion?
4. What is the narrator's response to Stepan Verkhovensky's reaction to the search of Peter's house?
5. Who does Peter blame for Mary and Captain Lebyatkin's murder?
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 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 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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