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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Stuff the Lawyer Reads in Prison 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. Why is it surprising when the lawyer reads the Gospels?

it seems like too simple a book for how long he's been reading it
Aramaic wasn't one of the languages he had learned earlier
he's been a lifelong atheist
he starts to think that he's Jesus
Q. What's the last thing the prisoner reads?

funny novels
long boring history books
a strange mix of poetry, science, and other random things
The Lord of the Rings, over and over again
Q. Which of the books that he reads seem to make him argue loudly with himself?

religious texts
no books—he argues with himself when he is not reading
all that porn he somehow snuck in
the books he used to learn other languages
Q. The lawyer at one point writes a lot in prison. What is he writing?

he's keeping a diary
theological arguments about the material world
Twilight fan fiction
we don't know—he tears all of it up
Q. What about his reading has filled the lawyer with "unearthly happiness"?

being able to understand many things in many languages
finally understanding the glory of God
having the time to read all the classics of literature he'd never had time for
finally being able to diagnose himself with the medical manual he studies