Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Death of Ivan Ilych.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What causes Marya Alexandrovna's depression?
(a) Her brother's illness.
(b) Her father's drunkenness.
(c) Her mother's death.
(d) Her husband's death.

2. How does Tolstoy describe Dmitri's thoughts about love?
(a) Cynical.
(b) Hopeful.
(c) Naïve.
(d) Romantic.

3. What is the significance of the Terek River?
(a) It is the boundary where Dmitri enters the Caucasus.
(b) It is the last civilized outpost before the wilderness.
(c) It is where the regional authorities are centered.
(d) It is the heart of the Cossacks' territory.

4. How does Tolstoy say Ivan Ilych's mood changed during his illness?
(a) He became peaceful.
(b) He became angry.
(c) He became irritable.
(d) He became religious.

5. What surprises Marya after her marriage to Sergey?
(a) The absence of work and sacrifice.
(b) The loss of privacy and self-possession.
(c) The new importance of self-sacrifice.
(d) The continual work and sacrifice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dmitri dream about on his way to the Caucasus?

2. How would you describe the nature Dmitri expects to find in the Caucasus?

3. How does Tolstoy describe Ivan Ilych's wife's temperament?

4. What do Marya's boredom and depression turn into?

5. What does Sergey tease Marya about?

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