The Possessed Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the real purpose of the gathering at Virginsky's house?

2. Which revolutionary dissociates himself from murder as a strategy?

3. What had some poor people done to prepare for the fête?

4. What happens to Stavrogin as the novel concludes?

5. What is Shigalyov's plan for the new social organization?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 is the economy of The Possessed? Where does money come from, and does money come from any new places or reside in any new places as a result of the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What does Russianness consist of in The Possessed? Who possesses it? Who defends it? Who attacks it?

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