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The Idiot

The Idiot


by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot: Themes (for the most part) Quiz

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Q. What does the portrayal of Myshkin as a "Christ Figure" with no supernatural or divine powers reveal?

The shortcomings of society
The divinity of Christ
The humanness of Christ
The superiority of Christianity as a religion
Q. What makes Myshkin's capacity for love unique?

He is driven by compassionate love for others.
His love is deeply selfish.
His love is individualized.
His love is focused on his family.
Q. What role does suffering play in The Idiot?

It is redemptive.
It is meaningless.
It is complicated.
It is kooky.
Q. How important are society and class in The Idiot?

They are primary concerns
They are just used to show the intelligence of man.
They are not a major concern.
They are the driving force that determines the main characters' actions.
Q. How does Myshkin's innocence change throughout the novel?

It doesn't.
It fluctuates between cluelessness and insight.
It starts off okay and then dooms him to be a complete failure.
By the end of the novel, he's even more clueless than at the beginning.