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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. What are the symptoms that Ivan Ilych has?

2. What is the conflict in Chapter 5?

3. What year is it in the novel?

4. Why does Ivan Ilych try to replace thoughts of death?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What sort of world has Ivan left behind? Give 3 examples to support your idea(s).

3. What does Ivan's self-revelation turn into?

4. What does Ivan's wife represent to him? Why does Ivan keep sending his wife out of the room?

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

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

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

8. Ivan's realization about himself in Chapter 11prompts him to discover something about himself. What does he discover and how does it affect him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does religion play in Ivan's dying and death? Support your answer. Does Ivan welcome religion as a comfort while he is dying? Does Ivan scorn religion because he blames God for his death? Does Ivan go along with religious rituals to please his wife as he's gone along throughout his life doing things to please others?

Essay Topic 2

Explain and support how "The Death of Ivan Ilych" can change a reader's ideas about how to live. Look at the theme of the novel to answer the question. How has Ivan lived? Does Tolstoy's writing endorse Ivan's way of life? Does the tone of Tolstoy's writing warn against the way Ivan has lived?

Essay Topic 3

Is Gerasim's being a peasant significant in the novel? Does it affect how he sees the world and how his character develops?

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