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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. What is wrong with Ivan Ilych's current job?
(a) There's not enough to do.
(b) The money isn't enough to keep up with his standard of living.
(c) It's boring.
(d) The workload is too heavy.

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

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

4. How does Ivan Ilych react to his worsening pain?
(a) He becomes increasingly irritable.
(b) He decides to stay in bed all day.
(c) He begs the doctor for medication to releave the pain.
(d) He becomes delirious.

5. Why does Ivan Ilych take his family there?
(a) To save money.
(b) For a vacation.
(c) For a visit.
(d) To hide from the law.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ivan Ilych have difficulty working?

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

3. What does Ivan Ilych guess the doctor's prognosis is?

4. When Peter Ivanovich encounters Ivan Ilych's daughter and fiance, how to they look?

5. How satisfied with his life is Ivan Ilych?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Ivan and his wife.

2. Why do Ivan's memories of the past make him feel the way they do?

3. What is the conflict that Ivan experiences in Chapter 8?

4. Name four components of the plot in Chapter 1.

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

6. What is the major conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?" What is a minor conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"

7. How does making choices based on convention affect Ivan?

8. Discuss the irony in Ivan resenting his dying from something so trivial as falling off the step ladder.

9. How does the doctor's professional air parallel Ivan's attitude at work?

10. Examine the author's other main theme of this story.

(see the answer keys)

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