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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. Who says, "death will come to everyone as God's will?"

2. What major theme of the novel is introduced in Chapter 6?

3. What did Praskovya Fedorovna tell Peter Ivanovich about the main character?

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

5. How many children does Ivan Ilych and his wife have together?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gerasim view death?

2. How does the doctor's professional air parallel Ivan's attitude at work?

3. Why does Ivan fall into a profound depression?

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

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

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

7. Initially, how did Ivan react to this self-revelation in Chapter 5?

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

9. Describe Ivan's realization in Chapter 9.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Ivan and Gerasim. What is the relationship and/or purpose of these two characters, specifically, in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Is there a reason Tolstoy does not give a name to Ivan's disease? How does the unnamed disease relate to the central themes? Why would Tolstoy not name the disease that kills Ivan?

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