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The Nose

The Nose


by Nikolai Gogol

The Nose: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

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Q. Why is Kovalev is scared to talk to the nose?

The idea of a talking nose just freaks him out.
It's so much higher-ranking.
He's been sounding all weirdly nasal since becoming nose-less.
He's jealous of the nose's awesome new friends.
Q. Who immediately identifies the nose by looking at it?

Madame Podtochina
The cop
The newspaper ad clerk
The barber
Q. What's off about the way the whole nose-off-the-face thing is presented?

No one who sees the nose freaks out.
No one who sees Kovalev can stop screaming.
No one realizes that they are actually in a short story.
No one reacts by immediately checking their own nose.
Q. What does Kovalev's paranoia make him suspect?

That the police are onto him.
That the barber is at fault.
That Madame Podtochina did some witchcraft.
That the walls have ears and the floor has eyes. Hey, if the nose has them, why not?
Q. Why can't Kovalev flirt with the ladies after the nose goes?

He worries they'll point and laugh at him.
He is too deeply in love with Mademoiselle Podtochina.
He is more attracted to the gentlemen.
He can't deploy his snuff box effectively.