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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Peter Ivanovich encounters Ivan Ilych's daughter and fiance, how to they look?
(a) Ready to cry.
(b) Inconvienenced.
(c) Angry.
(d) Happy together.

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

3. 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.

4. When does Ivan Ilych's pain worsen?
(a) During the night.
(b) In the morning after he wakes up.
(c) In the evening after dinner.
(d) When he is upset.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After offering his condolences, what does Peter Ivanovich tell Praskovya Fedorovna?

3. Who is the main character?

4. After seeing himself in the mirror, what does Ivan Ilych finally admit to himself?

5. What does Ivan Ilych see as "doing his duty?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What sort of world has Ivan left behind? Give 3 examples to support your idea(s).

2. When does Ivan's suffering begin to subside?

3. When could Ivan have changed his idea of the "good life" in Chapter 4?

4. How is it possible that Ivan hasn't seen how thin and yellow he looks until his brother-in-law arrives?

5. How is Ivan's experience of death in Chapter 2 similar to Peter Ivanovich's experience of death in Chapter 1?

6. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Chapter 7.

7. Discuss how Ivan's memories of the past make him feel.

8. Why does Ivan fall into a profound depression?

9. Describe how Ivan is torn in Chapter 9 and what affect this has on him?

10. How does Ivan make his pain worse?

(see the answer keys)

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