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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 galls Ivan Ilych to think?
(a) That he wasted so much time with his wife.
(b) That he cannot stop his daughter from marrying the wrong man.
(c) That he won't have enough time to finish his memoirs.
(d) That he will die over something so trivial.

2. What does Ivan Ilych recognize in the doctor's professional air?
(a) Compassion and pity.
(b) His own attitude toward an accused person in court.
(c) Aloofness and indifference.
(d) Condescension and disdain.

3. Ivan Ilych's chief concern is to what?
(a) To follow doctor's orders exactly.
(b) To get his wife to listen to him.
(c) To continue working at his new job.
(d) To be well enough to attend the party that evening.

4. What happens to Ivan Ilych one day as he is adjusting a curtain?
(a) Ivan falls and rips the curtain.
(b) Ivan falls and breaks his leg.
(c) Ivan slips on a stepladder and receives a nasty bruise on his side.
(d) Ivan falls on his wife.

5. What game does Ivan Ilych like to play?
(a) Bridge.
(b) Solitaire.
(c) Hearts.
(d) Poker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes Ivan Ilych much distress?

2. Where does Ivan try to work?

3. What does Ivan Ilych's wife tell him to do, after he gets back from the doctor?

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

5. What does the doctor focus on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What explanation does Ivan come up with to explain why his past memories make him feel the way they do?

2. How does Gerasim view death?

3. How does the author see Ivan's life and why?

4. What is the overarching theme of "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"

5. Describe Gerasim.

6. What is the setting of Chapter 1?

7. How does Ivan cope with the knowledge that he is dying?

8. In Chapter 11, what does Ivan reveal about himself when he was younger, and what happened to it?

9. Identify the crisis for Ivan in Chapter 5.

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

(see the answer keys)

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