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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Virginsky say to the radicals after Shatov's wife gives birth?
2. Who does Peter leave Virginsky's house to meet?
3. What is Peter Verkhovensky concerned about when he rushes out of Virginsky's house?
4. What happens to the swine in the story from Luke?
5. Who takes the stage after Stepan Verkhovensky?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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 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 3
Peter Verkhovensky spends much of the book agitating for an uprising, but the violence results in the deaths of many of the main characters and the arrest of many of Peter's co-conspirators. Is the action of the book a success insofar as it stirred up trouble in the society of the town? Or is it a failure insofar as it did not accomplish a complete reinvention of Russian society?
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