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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How long after Ivan Ilych sees the doctor does Chapter 5 begin?

2. How many of Ivan Ilych's children die?

3. What are two of Ivan Ilych's symptoms?

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

5. What does Ivan Ilych recognize in the doctor's professional air?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is ironic about the opening of Chapter 3 when it states that 1880 is "the hardest year of Ivan's life?"

6. Discuss how Ivan's memories of the past make him feel.

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

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

Why would Tolstoy choose "The Death of Ivan Ilych" as the title if he writes about Ivan's life? Is Tolstoy writing about more than just Ivan's physical death in the novel? How so?

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