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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. After offering his condolences, what does Peter Ivanovich tell Praskovya Fedorovna?

2. Why does Ivan Ilych take his family there?

3. How does the doctor respond when Ivan Ilych presses him for an answer to the seriousness of his symptoms?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Identify the crisis for Ivan in Chapter 5.

2. Examine the author's other main theme of this story.

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

4. What does Ivan stop doing in Chapter 11?

5. What does Gerasim symbolize?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Ivan learn from his suffering and death? How does Tolstoy use suffering and death in "The Death of Ivan Ilych?"

Essay Topic 2

Choose several passages of good description from "The Death of Ivan Ilych" and explain how the descriptions help the reader to experience the events in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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