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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 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
Is Shatov's wife's pregnancy a source of real hope in The Possessed, or is the hope undermined by her infidelity and Shatov's murder? Does the childbirth redeem anyone in the book?
Essay Topic 3
What role does innocence play in The Possessed? Is it always sacrificed, as Mary Lebyatkin and Shatov are? Does it endure anywhere, in spite of Mary and Shatov's murders?
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