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

2. Who is the first character introduced in Chapter 5?
(a) Ivan.
(b) Ivan's brother-in-law.
(c) Ivan's wife.
(d) Ivan's doctor.

3. What does the doctor focus on?
(a) Whether the pain is coming from the appendix or the kidney.
(b) Whether or not the doctor has met Ivan before.
(c) Whether or not Ivan can pay the bill.
(d) How many other patients are waiting to be seen.

4. When Ivan Ilych looks in the mirror some time after greeting his brother-in-law, what does he see for the first time?
(a) How thin and yellow he has become.
(b) How old he really is.
(c) How healthy he now looks.
(d) A tumor.

5. How does Ivan Ilych respond when confronted with the symptoms of his illness?
(a) Ivan asserts that they are all in good health.
(b) Ivan begins to cry.
(c) Ivan tells his wife.
(d) Ivan asks his daughter for help.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Ivan try to work?

2. Who helps Ivan Ilych begin to realize that he is dying?

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

4. Why does Ivan Ilych think that his case might not be so serious after all?

5. What does Ivan Ilych feel toward what he hears down the hall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gerasim view death?

3. When does Ivan's suffering begin to subside?

4. Explain the mood in Chapter 6.

5. Identify the crisis for Ivan in Chapter 5.

6. How does the opium affect Ivan?

7. Describe Ivan's appearance in Chapter 5.

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

9. Explain how reactions to Ivan's death by Gerasim and Ivan's son differ from the reactions of all the other characters in Chapter 1.

10. Describe how Ivan is torn in Chapter 9 and what affect this has on him?

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