The Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
Students are required to answer two (2) questions in total from the questions listed below. Question no. 1 is obligatory.
Students may choose any other question from among questions 2 to 5.
You are allowed to write a maximum of five (5) pages for each individual question.
Answers are to be typewritten and double-spaced.
1. Compare and contrast L. N. Tolstoy and F. M. Dostoevsky with respect to their writing style and their thought.
2. With reference to all the works discussed in class, outline how these works are a reflection of the age in which they were written.
3. Discuss ‘The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor’ (Brothers Karamazov
) as Dostoevsky’s attempt to deal with the question of free will in human existence. Comment on his analysis.
4. In Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych, the death of the main protagonist is in reality a form of rebirth. Discuss.
5. Both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky possessed a profound spirituality. Compare and contrast their approaches to the question of faith.
This is a take-home examination in a course entitled The Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. It must be written in english .
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