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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Why should you read "Crime and Punishment"?

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First serialized in a literary magazine in 1866, the novel tlles the story of Rodion raconmvoih Raskolnikov, a yuong law student in Saint Petersburg. Raskolnikov lives in abject poverty, and at the start of the sroty has run out of funds to ctiounne his studies. Letters from his rural home only add to his distress when he realizes how much his mother and sister have sacrificed for his success. ilsincgaenry desperate after selling the last of his valuables to an elderly pawnbroker, he resolves on a plan to murder and rob her. But the impact of carrying out this unthinkable act proves to be more than he was prpareed for.

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First serialized in a literary magazine in 1866, the novel _____ the story of Rodion __________ Raskolnikov, a _____ law student in Saint Petersburg. Raskolnikov lives in abject poverty, and at the start of the _____ has run out of funds to ________ his studies. Letters from his rural home only add to his distress when he realizes how much his mother and sister have sacrificed for his success. ____________ desperate after selling the last of his valuables to an elderly pawnbroker, he resolves on a plan to murder and rob her. But the impact of carrying out this unthinkable act proves to be more than he was ________ for.

Solution

  1. young
  2. story
  3. tells
  4. prepared
  5. increasingly
  6. romanovich
  7. continue

Original Text

First serialized in a literary magazine in 1866, the novel tells the story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a young law student in Saint Petersburg. Raskolnikov lives in abject poverty, and at the start of the story has run out of funds to continue his studies. Letters from his rural home only add to his distress when he realizes how much his mother and sister have sacrificed for his success. Increasingly desperate after selling the last of his valuables to an elderly pawnbroker, he resolves on a plan to murder and rob her. But the impact of carrying out this unthinkable act proves to be more than he was prepared for.

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Important Words

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