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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Eugene Irtenev?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A lawyer.
(c) A printer.
(d) A minister.

2. What does Ivan Ilych develop a passion for?
(a) Roulette.
(b) Horse-racing.
(c) Bridge.
(d) Courtesans.

3. How much was Ivan Ilych given for moving expenses to get to his Court of Justice appointment?
(a) 5,000 rubles.
(b) 3,500 rubles.
(c) 2,500 rubles.
(d) 1,500 rubles.

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

5. How does Marya say her marriage to Sergey affects her relationship with the world?
(a) It makes her vulnerable.
(b) It makes her curious.
(c) It makes her oblivious.
(d) It makes her rhapsodic.

6. How does Marya see herself in relation to Sergey, once she begins to be depressed?
(a) As an afterthought.
(b) As a nuisance.
(c) As a mother.
(d) As a goddess.

7. What effect does the Russian winter have on Marya?
(a) It incenses her.
(b) It rejuvenates her.
(c) It has no affect on her.
(d) It saps her.

8. What does Dmitri encounter in the Caucasus?
(a) Dull routine at a military outpost.
(b) A complex culture.
(c) Bloody warfare.
(d) Coarse locals.

9. Who is Praskovya Federovna?
(a) Ivan Ilych's mother.
(b) Ivan Ilych's wife.
(c) Ivan Ilych's sister.
(d) Ivan Ilych's lover.

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

11. How does Ivan Ilych's relationship with his wife change when he begins to work at the Court of Justice?
(a) They declare a truce.
(b) They resume hostilities.
(c) They separate.
(d) They fall out of love.

12. Why does Marya's depression return?
(a) Sergey leave for a trip.
(b) Her mother dies.
(c) Her brother comes to visit.
(d) Winter.

13. What is Dmitri's relation with Maryanka?
(a) Animosity.
(b) Flirtation.
(c) Devotion.
(d) Competition.

14. Who is Dmitri Olenin?
(a) A bureaucrat.
(b) A blacksmith.
(c) A military cadet.
(d) A shop keeper.

15. How does Tolstoy say Liza Annenskaya acts on her jealousy?
(a) She controls it.
(b) She has affairs of her own.
(c) She becomes depressed.
(d) She flies into rages.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Maryanka do when Dmitri returns to Russia?

2. How does Tolstoy describe conjugal relations with Eugene Irtenev and his wife?

3. What is in Novomlinsk?

4. Who introduces Eugene Irtenev to Stepanida?

5. What causes Sergey to say that he and Marya must return to the country?

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