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. What does Stepan Verkhovensky find in his wanderings?

3. What does Stavrogin believe in?

4. What happens to the swine in the story from Luke?

5. Who kills Shatov?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Following the allegory of the swine from Luke, are the demons cast out of the society of the novel? Are they cast out of Russian society by Dostoevsky's 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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