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. Why is Peter intent on killing Shatov?

2. How does Stepan Verkhovensky react to the search of Peter's house?

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

4. What reason does the narrator have for visiting Lembke?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What images or symbols repeat throughout The Possessed? How are images built into symbols, and what symbolic resonance do images acquire? Choose three images, and describe the symbolic associations the obtain throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Is The Possessed a Christian novel? What kind of Christianity does it align with? Old Testament or New Testament? In what ways does the novel seem atheistic, or existential?

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