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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. After seeing himself for the first time in many months in the mirror, what reaction does Ivan Ilych have to what he sees?
(a) Anger rises up inside him.
(b) He becomes dizzy and faints.
(c) He falls for the second time.
(d) He is relieved that he was finally able to admit it.

2. What causes Ivan Ilych much distress?
(a) His wife.
(b) Not being able to continue working at his new job.
(c) The severe pain.
(d) Being constantly on guard against anything that might distress him.

3. What is the setting of Chapter 1?
(a) Ivan Ilych's house.
(b) The judge's chamber.
(c) The courtroom.
(d) The church.

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

5. How does Ivan Ilych's view his life?
(a) As exciting.
(b) As most ordinary.
(c) Exactly the way he hoped it would be.
(d) As extraordinary.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ivan Ilych's relationship with his wife affect his work?

2. Without the distraction of work, what happens to Ivan Ilych?

3. With whom does Ivan Ilych play the game that he enjoys?

4. How does Ivan Ilych's wife behave toward his illness?

5. How does Ivan Ilych react to his worsening pain?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gerasim view death?

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

3. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Chapter 7.

4. Why does Ivan experience only temporary relief when his family leaves in Chapter 8?

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

6. How is Ivan's sense of power juxtaposed in Chapter 2?

7. What is ironic about the opening of Chapter 3 when it states that 1880 is "the hardest year of Ivan's life?"

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

9. Why is Ivan so upset that he didn't get the promotion?

10. How is Ivan characterized in Chapter 3?

(see the answer keys)

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