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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 1

_____ 1. The most obvious thing about Raskolnikov is that he

A. fears neither God nor man
B. is a dual personality
C. is worthy of redemption

_____ 2. The two contrasting aspects of Raskolnikov's nature are presented by

A. Dunya and Porfiry
B. Avdotya and Luzhin
C. Sonia and Svidrigailov

_____ 3. Raskolnikov is described as exceptionally handsome in order to

A. evoke the reader's sympathy
B. establish a contrast with the ugliness of his crime
C. validate Dostoevsky's theory

_____ 4. When Raskolnikov sees the desperate situation of the Marmeladov family, he

A. quietly leaves them some money B. counsels them on the need to change their ways C. vows to help them get back on their feet

_____ 5. Raskolnikov sees both Dunya an Sonia as

A. prostitutes of a sort
B. models of contemporary Russian womanhood
C. victims of governmental indifference

_____ 6. "Do you understand what it means when you have absolutely no where to turn?" asks

A. Sonia B. Razumikhin C. Marmeladov

_____ 7. In Raskolnikov's dream about the drunken peasant, he

A. kisses the dead horse
B. slashes the brute across the face
C. throws the man under the horse's hooves

_____ 8. The actual murder of the pawnbroker is facilitated by the

I. moving letter from Raskolnikov's mother.
II. crushing poverty which surrounds Raskolnikov
III. fortuitous absence of the old woman's sister

A. I and II only
B. II and III only
C. I, II, and III


_____ 9. The rationalization for the killing of old Alyona Ivanovna is that

I. she was an evil person
II. she had treated Raskolnikov's mother poorly
III. her money could be used to help needy people

A. I and II only
B. I and III only
C. II and III only

_____ 10. Raskolnikov's belief in the criminal's fallibility is seen when he

A. allows painters to view his face
B. leaves Alyona Ivanovna's door wide open
C. forgets to remove his fingerprints from the glass

11. Crime and Punishment is often described as a novel that uses suspense effectively. What techniques does Dostoevsky use to create suspense? Does his use of suspense make the story more exciting? Give examples from the novel to support your answers.

12. Explain how Dostoevsky develops Raskolnikov as a character with a dual, or split, personality. How does Raskolnikov change in this respect over the course of the novel? Use examples from the novel.

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