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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Tolstoy say Marya and Sergey each believe about the other?
(a) That they are independent.
(b) That they are perfect.
(c) That they are flawed.
(d) That they each depend on the other.

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

3. Why does Dmitri return home quickly after hunting?
(a) Fear of Lukashka.
(b) Fear of a Tartar attack.
(c) Fear of wild boars.
(d) Fear of Chechen reprisals.

4. How does Tolstoy say Ivan Ilych felt upon taking his position at the Court of Justice?
(a) Miserable and filled with dread.
(b) Content and happy.
(c) Anxious and depressed.
(d) Proud and apprehensive.

5. What effect do visits to Moscow and Petersburg have on Marya's depression?
(a) They exacerbate the depression.
(b) Temporary relief.
(c) Complete relief.
(d) They make her genuinely ill.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Ivan Ilych promoted to after three years in his second position?

2. How does Tolstoy say Cossack men view their wives?

3. What does Tolstoy say Dmitri hopes to find in the Caucasus?

4. What does Sergey tease Marya about?

5. Why does Eugene Irtenev move to the Semenov estate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do Liza Annenskaya's pregnancies play in "The Devil"?

2. How has Marya's attitude about marriage changed by the end of the story?

3. How does illness affect Ivan Ilych?

4. What causes Marya and Sergey to get beyond their jealousies?

5. What is the relationship between the Grebensk Cossacks and the Muslim Tartars?

6. Describe the promotions Ivan Ilych receives.

7. Describe Dmitri's departure from the Caucasus.

8. What is Eugene Irtenev's relationship with Stepanida?

9. How does Ivan Ilych change when he begins to make money?

10. How does Dmitri go about confessing his love to Maryanka?

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