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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has public opinion shifted on the eve of the fête?

2. For whom are the swine a metaphor in the story of Luke?

3. What cover do the fifteen people use for gathering at Virginsky's house?

4. What resonance does the story of the swine from Luke have with the novel?

5. What does Stavrogin believe in?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is the duel between Gaganov and Stavrogin a metaphor for the book? Is the murder of Captain and Mary Lebyatkin a better metaphor? What event in the book is most representative of the book as a whole?

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 is authority portrayed in The Possessed? What kinds of authority are there, and what are the limits of their power? Are any new roles with new authorities brought into being through the action of the novel?

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