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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Ivan Ilych believe his illness began?

2. What is Praskovya Fedorovna's relationship to the main character?

3. Even after Ivan Ilych realizes that he is going to die, what kinds of thoughts does he try to think about?

4. What does Ivan Ilych consider the worst part of death?

5. Who did Peter Ivanovich meet first at Ivan Ilych's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the major conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?" What is a minor conflict in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"

3. How is Ivan's sense of power juxtaposed in Chapter 2?

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

5. Why do Ivan's memories of the past make him feel the way they do?

6. Describe how Ivan's condition is affecting him in Chapter 7.

7. How does Ivan and his wife's idea of the "good life" extend into Chapter 4?

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

9. How is Ivan characterized in Chapter 3?

10. Why do Ivan's wife and his doctor give him opium?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the "black sack" in Chapter 9. What could the black sack represent to Ivan? Why does Tolstoy use the metaphor of the "black sack?" How does Tolstoy use the metaphor? Do you think Tolstoy uses this metaphor effectively? Can you think of a more effective metaphor Tolstoy could have used to make his point clearer?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the form that foreshadowing takes in "The Death of Ivan Ilych." How is the foreshadowing accomplished? Is the foreshadowing subtle or obvious?

Essay Topic 3

How is Tolstoy's own life represented in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?" Include how he grew up, his early adulthood and what he came to believe later in his life. Be sure to include supporting evidence from the novel as well as independent biographical information about Leo Tolstoy.

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