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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ivan Ilych recognize in the doctor's professional air?
(a) His own attitude toward an accused person in court.
(b) Aloofness and indifference.
(c) Compassion and pity.
(d) Condescension and disdain.

2. Ivan Ilych knows he gave his life to what?
(a) His family.
(b) To getting that promotion that he knows he deserves.
(c) The law.
(d) Decorating his house.

3. What is Praskovya Fedorovna's relationship to the main character?
(a) Daughter.
(b) Son.
(c) Wife.
(d) Servant.

4. Why does Ivan Ilych's animosity toward his former colleagues vanish?
(a) They give him the promotion when he returns from his leave of absence.
(b) One of his former colleagues asks for his daughter's hand in marriage.
(c) Ivan Ilych's new position places him two steps above them.
(d) He realizes he was being foolish.

5. When Ivan Ilych gets home from the doctor, what does he do?
(a) Tries to tell his wife and daughter everything.
(b) Breaks down and sobs uncontrollably.
(c) Sits down and takes a nap.
(d) Asks his wife why dinner isn't ready.

6. Where did Ivan Ilych find a new job?
(a) In the town where his wife's brother lives.
(b) In the town he'd been living in all his life.
(c) In Petersburg.
(d) In Moscow.

7. Why does Ivan Ilych think that his case might not be so serious after all?
(a) Because the doctor tells him not to worry.
(b) Because he is feeling better already.
(c) Because his wife can go out as usual.
(d) Because he reads about it in a medical book.

8. What does Ivan Ilych try to understand?
(a) How to arrange his life's work in his memoirs.
(b) How his daughter could have accepted such a man's proposal of marriage.
(c) That he is dying.
(d) How he could not have noticed his wife's beauty sooner.

9. When Ivan Ilych discovers what makes his pain worse, how does he deal with it?
(a) He cries.
(b) Ivan becomes constantly on guard against anything that might distress him.
(c) He increases his dosage of his medication.
(d) He ignores things that might upset him.

10. Even after Ivan Ilych realizes that he is going to die, what kinds of thoughts does he try to think about?
(a) How he can stop his daughter's marriage.
(b) What he needs to do to become healthy again.
(c) How he can spend more time at the office.
(d) Thoughts that he considers more proper and healthy.

11. When Ivan Ilych looks in the mirror some time after greeting his brother-in-law, what does he see for the first time?
(a) How healthy he now looks.
(b) How old he really is.
(c) How thin and yellow he has become.
(d) A tumor.

12. What did Peter Ivanovich realize as he was speaking to Praskovya Fedorovna?
(a) That Praskovya Fedorovna is very beautiful.
(b) That Praskovya Fedorovna talks too much.
(c) That Peter Ivanovich would like to marry Praskovya Fedorovna .
(d) That Praskovya Fedorovna just wants to know if there is any additional government grant she can receive.

13. Is Ivan Ilych successful in understanding this?
(a) No, he cannot.
(b) Yes, immediately.
(c) Yes, most of the time.
(d) Yes, but it takes time to ponder.

14. What does Ivan Ilych do the more he senses that his wife is bored all the time?
(a) He buys a home near the sea.
(b) He tries harder to make her happy.
(c) He carves out a life independent from her.
(d) He takes her on vacation.

15. What major theme of the novel is introduced in Chapter 6?
(a) Without family we are nothing.
(b) Working too hard can kill you.
(c) We die as we live.
(d) Leave the curtain the way it is.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ivan Ilych forced to do with his thoughts of death?

2. Why does Ivan Ilych have difficulty working?

3. What does Ivan Ilych do for a few hours after seeing himself in the mirror for the first time in quite a while?

4. What happens to Ivan Ilych one day as he is adjusting a curtain?

5. What does Ivan Ilych think will solve his new problem?

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