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 kills Shatov?

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

3. How do the revolutionaries dispose of Shatov's body?

4. What do the police take from Peter Verkhovensky's house?

5. What does Lisa Tushin challenge Stavrogin to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What kinds of violence are depicted in The Possessed? Are there different rules and expectations for each kind of violence? Are some kinds of violence more effective in resolving problems than others? Is violence ever a useful tool in The Possessed, or is it always merely destructive?

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