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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. Why is this year the hardest year of Ivan Ilych?
(a) His wife leaves him.
(b) He is passed over for promotion.
(c) His wife dies.
(d) His daughter is killed.

2. Which character does Chapter 2 discuss?
(a) Praskovya Fedorovna.
(b) Peter Ivanovich.
(c) Ivan Ilych.
(d) Gerasim.

3. How does Ivan Ilych's relationship with his wife affect his work?
(a) He is unprepared for court.
(b) He becomes more and more ambitious.
(c) He becomes close friends with the judge.
(d) He misses several days.

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

5. When does Ivan Ilych take a leave of absence from his job?
(a) The day after he is not promoted.
(b) The summer of 1880.
(c) The following year.
(d) The summer of 1865.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Ivan Ilych's wife?

3. What are two of Ivan Ilych's symptoms?

4. What two things that Ivan Ilych hears down the hall makes him react as he does?

5. What does Ivan Ilych do the more he senses that his wife is bored all the time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ivan fall into a profound depression?

3. How could Ivan's death serve as an awakening for his lifetime acquaintance, Peter? Does Peter avail himself of this awakening?

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

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

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

7. How is Ivan characterized in Chapter 3?

8. What does Ivan's self-revelation turn into?

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

10. How does the opium affect Ivan?

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