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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 Ivan Ilych forced to do with his thoughts of death?
(a) Cry over them incessantly.
(b) Sit there and face them.
(c) Ignore them.
(d) Tell his wife about them.
2. What does the doctor ignore?
(a) Ivan's wife's questions.
(b) Ivan's ability to pay him.
(c) The question as to whether or not Ivan's case is serious.
(d) Ivan's fear that bruises are starting to spread all over his body.
3. Why does Ivan Ilych's animosity toward his former colleagues vanish?
(a) They give him the promotion when he returns from his leave of absence.
(b) Ivan Ilych's new position places him two steps above them.
(c) One of his former colleagues asks for his daughter's hand in marriage.
(d) He realizes he was being foolish.
4. How does Ivan Ilych react to his worsening pain?
(a) He becomes delirious.
(b) He becomes increasingly irritable.
(c) He decides to stay in bed all day.
(d) He begs the doctor for medication to releave the pain.
5. When Peter Ivanovich encounters Ivan Ilych's daughter and fiance, how to they look?
(b) Ready to cry.
(c) Happy together.
Short Answer Questions
1. When does Ivan Ilych believe his illness began?
2. Who is Ivan Ilych's wife?
3. When does Ivan Ilych's pain worsen?
4. What relationship is the main character to Peter Ivanovich?
5. When Ivan Ilych discovers what makes his pain worse, how does he deal with it?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is it possible that Ivan hasn't seen how thin and yellow he looks until his brother-in-law arrives?
2. Explain how Ivan can be said to be in the depression stage of dying in Chapter 10.
3. Examine the author's other main theme of this story.
4. What is the major conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?" What is a minor conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"
5. Is the author's definition of the "good life" the same as that of Ivan and his wife? Support your answer.
6. How does the opium affect Ivan?
7. When does Ivan's suffering begin to subside?
8. What is the setting of Chapter 1?
9. How is Ivan characterized in Chapter 3?
10. What is ironic about the opening of Chapter 3 when it states that 1880 is "the hardest year of Ivan's life?"
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