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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 did Peter Ivanovich realize as he was speaking to Praskovya Fedorovna?

3. What does Ivan Ilych see in the eyes of his brother-in-law?

4. When does Ivan Ilych take a leave of absence from his job?

5. Why is Ivan Ilych able to find a new home that will please both him and his wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Ivan's feeling of suffocation symbolize in Chapter 12?

4. What is the conflict that Ivan experiences in Chapter 8?

5. What explanation does Ivan come up with to explain why his past memories make him feel the way they do?

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

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

8. What does Gerasim symbolize?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Ivan's family deal with his suffering and death? Do they learn anything from this experience? If so, what?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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