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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Quotes (What Was Said) 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. Who says that the State is not God?

one of the party guests
the banker
the lawyer
the narrator
Q. The lawyer claims that what is an example of humans overvaluing material things?

thinking frogs growing on trees is awesome
thinking horse sweat that smells like roses is interesting
thinking watermelons that taste like bananas would make an excellent smoothie
thinking the blessings of the world are a gift from God
Q. What's the banker's reason for thinking the death penalty is better than life imprisonment?

his earlier long stay in prison showed him that prison life sucks
he just assumes that spending life in prison means dying slowly
he asked a bunch of his friends and that seems to be the general opinion
his unhealthy obsession with death
Q. The banker urges the lawyer to reconsider the bet because…

two million rubles will have way less buying power in fifteen years
actual imprisonment would be way harder than voluntary confinement
he needs the guesthouse for, you know, guests
he's only going to last three or four years
Q. What does the banker think will happen once the lawyer is free?

the lawyer will offer him charity
the lawyer will be insane
the lawyer will never lead a normal life
four words: par-tay like it's 1899!