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. When Stavrogin catches up with Peter, what does Peter suggest to him?

2. For whom are the swine a metaphor in the story of Luke?

3. What effect does the birth of Shatov's child have on him?

4. What is Peter Verkhovensky concerned about when he rushes out of Virginsky's house?

5. Who carries out the raid on Peter's house?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the economy of The Possessed? Where does money come from, and does money come from any new places or reside in any new places as a result of the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

How is authority portrayed in The Possessed? What kinds of authority are there, and what are the limits of their power? Are any new roles with new authorities brought into being through the action of the novel?

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