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Crime and Punishment Teaching Unit
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- What is Raskolnikov’s motive for killing the pawnbroker?
- Relate the details of Raskolnikov’s crime. What evidence is there that Raskolnikov is mentally unbalanced at the time he commits the murders?
- List two techniques Porfiry uses to interrogate Raskolnikov and uncover evidence against him. To what extent is he successful?
- Some critics believe that the character Razumihin serves to increase a reader’s sympathy for Raskolnikov by helping to present him as a worthwhile man, even though he is a murderer. Cite incidents from the story to support this idea.
- In what ways are Marmeladov and Raskolnikov alike? One of the themes of this novel is that through love and forgiveness, a man can be rehabilitated or reborn. In what way(s) does the character of Marmeladov help to illustrate this theme?
- In what way(s) are Sonia and Dounia similar characters? Why do you think Raskolnikov confesses his crime to Sonia rather than to his sister Dounia?
- Both Svidrigailov and Luzhin are described by some critics as representing the evil side of man. Cite incidents from the story to discuss the extent to which you agree with this idea. In your opinion, which man represents the greater evil?
- Why does Katerina dress the children up as street singers?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.