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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After seeing himself in the mirror, what does Ivan Ilych finally admit to himself?
(a) That his daughter is marrying the wrong man.
(b) That he must write his memoirs before it's too late.
(c) That his wife is truly beautiful.
(d) That he is dying.

2. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what is Ivan Ilych's professional title?
(a) District Attorney.
(b) Civil Lawyer.
(c) Public Prosecutor.
(d) Judge.

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

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

5. How did Peter Ivanovich learn the fate of the main character?
(a) From an announcement in the judge's chamber.
(b) From Praskovya Fedorovna.
(c) From reading the newspaper.
(d) From a messager sent to tell him.

6. What did the sight of Ivan Ilych seem to convey to Peter Ivanovich?
(a) Anger and hostility.
(b) Optimism and joy.
(c) Reproach or warning.
(d) Conviction and righteousness.

7. What has Ivan Ilych used as an escape from reality?
(a) Trying to stop the marriage of his daughter.
(b) Self-deception.
(c) Decorating his house.
(d) Writing his memoirs.

8. Who comes to visit Ivan Ilych in Chapter 5?
(a) Schwartz.
(b) His brother-in-law.
(c) Vladimir Ivanich.
(d) Peter Ivanovich.

9. How satisfied with his life is Ivan Ilych?
(a) Only a very small amount.
(b) Mostly.
(c) Totally.
(d) Not at all.

10. Who is the main character?
(a) Praskovya Fedorovna.
(b) Ivan Ilych.
(c) Peter Ivanovich.
(d) Vladimir Ivanich.

11. How old is Ivan Ilych's son?
(a) Of schoolboy age.
(b) Old enough to be driving.
(c) Still in diapers.
(d) Of an elderly nature.

12. Why is it ironic that Ivan resents that his death is trivial?
(a) Ivan enjoys all the attention his illness is getting him.
(b) Ivan wouldn't die if he would just take his medicine.
(c) His life has been trivial all along and that never bothered him.
(d) Ivan isn't dying.

13. Without the distraction of work, what happens to Ivan Ilych?
(a) He falls into a profound depression.
(b) He falls in love with another woman.
(c) He realizes how much he loves his wife.
(d) He discovers what is wrong with his life.

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

15. How does Ivan Ilych deal with the revelation in Chapter 6?
(a) He starts finds a suitable book in which to write his memoirs.
(b) He plans to stop his daughter's marriage.
(c) He spends more times with his wife.
(d) He despairs continuously.

Short Answer Questions

1. What relationship is the main character to Peter Ivanovich?

2. Who says, "death will come to everyone as God's will?"

3. Who is the first character introduced in Chapter 5?

4. How does Ivan Ilych's view his life?

5. What does Ivan Ilych's son's face look like?

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