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

2. Who says, "death will come to everyone as God's will?"
(a) Praskovya Fedorovna.
(b) Gerasim.
(c) Ivan Ilych's son.
(d) Peter Ivanovich.

3. What are two of Ivan Ilych's symptoms?
(a) The weird taste in his mouth and his craving for blintzes.
(b) Other bruises appear on his body and the pain in his side.
(c) Nose bleeds and a terrible limp.
(d) The weird taste in his mouth and the pain in his side.

4. Why is Ivan Ilych able to find a new home that will please both him and his wife?
(a) His wife realizes Ivan has to find a house for the family quickly.
(b) His wife does what Ivan tells her to do.
(c) His wife will live anywhere so long as her family is with her.
(d) They have the same taste.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Ivan Ilych looks in the mirror some time after greeting his brother-in-law, what does he see for the first time?

2. How does Ivan try to live?

3. What did Peter Ivanovich realize as he was speaking to Praskovya Fedorovna?

4. What does the doctor focus on?

5. What is wrong with Ivan Ilych's current job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Ivan and others' initial response to his illness are classic examples of the denial stage of dying.

2. How does Ivan respond to not getting the promotion and why?

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

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

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

6. Examine the irony in Chapter 8.

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

8. What is the setting of Chapter 1?

9. At the moment Ivan admits to himself that he is dying, how does he feel toward his family?

10. What is the climax, or turning point, in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"

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