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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Then and Now Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Bet? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does the banker's life change over the fifteen years?

he goes from rich to poor
he goes from nervous to brash
he goes from angry to calm
he goes from single to married
Q. What surprising thing does the lawyer do at the party?

gets totally wasted and falls in the pool
gets so into the argument he punches a guy
ups his own ante for the bet without asking for a matching ante
renounces the world
Q. When the banker remembers that party fifteen years ago, he…

wishes he'd never made that stupid bet
wishes he'd talked to that one cute girl he saw there
wishes his guests weren't so obsessed with debating philosophy
wishes the lawyer hadn't shown up
Q. What works to the banker's advantage when he's trying to murder the lawyer?

the watchman helps him out with the key
the cell door is well oiled and not squeaky
the prisoner is asleep
the prisoner has already killed himself
Q. How does the lawyer change over the fifteen years?

he now looks really muscular
he no longer believes in the material world
he now wants ten million rubles
he no longer knows how to speak