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. Where do Lisa and the man she meets rush off to after they meet?

2. Why are workers from the Spigulin factory massing in the street?

3. Who kills Kirilov?

4. Where does Stepan Verkhovensky set off for after the fête?

5. Why is The Possessed an inaccurate transposition of the story of the swine in Luke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is The Possessed a Christian novel? What kind of Christianity does it align with? Old Testament or New Testament? In what ways does the novel seem atheistic, or existential?

Essay Topic 2

Is there a consistent morality in The Possessed? Do violent people always pay a price for their acts of violence? Are criminals and scoundrels always caught and punished, or made to suffer somehow? Is innocent suffering redeemed?

Essay Topic 3

What images or symbols repeat throughout The Possessed? How are images built into symbols, and what symbolic resonance do images acquire? Choose three images, and describe the symbolic associations the obtain throughout the book.

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