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. Who is attacked after the murder of Shatov?

2. What does Shatov have to do in order to leave the group of radicals peacefully?

3. What does Stavrogin believe in?

4. How does the audience respond to Karminazov's reading?

5. Who alone knows the purpose of the meeting at Virginsky's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of literature in The Possessed? What kinds of literature are there, and what do characters expect from writers and from novels and from tracts? What effect do writers and literature have on society?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of the crowd in The Possessed? How do the gathered factory workers or the guests at the fête behave like one character with a unified will or behavior of their own? How does Dostoevsky describe the crowds? What power do they have? What weaknesses?

Essay Topic 3

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

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