Sample Questions

1. To what degree can Pechorin be seen as an autobiographical portrait of Lermontov? (Belinsky wrote that Pechorin was a subjective projection of Lermontov without actually being autobiographical.)

2. Some readers of A Hero of Our Time have suggested that its form is not that of a novel and that it should therefore not be considered as one. Do you agree?

3. What effect did the novel have on the subsequent development of Russian literature?

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