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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who do the townspeople believe killed Mary and Captain Lebyatkin?
2. Who takes the stage after Stepan Verkhovensky?
3. Russia's salvation seems to reside where, in Dostoevsky's opinion?
4. What is the overall message of The Possessed?
5. Which revolutionary dissociates himself from murder as a strategy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Peter Verkhovensky exploits the blindness, weakness and gullibility of many characters as he works his wiles. Does the action of the book change any of those characters so that they are immune from Peter's machinations? Asked another way--is The Possessed a moral book that teaches a lesson, or a cynical book that teaches that there are no lessons, only different actors with different motivations?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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