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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Symbols 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. The two million rubles has what value in the short story?

the difference between success and bankruptcy
worth way more than five years of life
worth dying over
the amount the banker loses in fifteen years
Q. In his letter, the lawyer claims to have done what in his prison?

romanced the ladies
raised mountains
composed awesome music
flew around like an eagle
Q. The lawyer promises to do what when his prison term is over?

win the bet and get the moolah, duh
leave early to lose by default
tell the whole world about his ordeal
haunt the banker in his dreams
Q. A gunshot is fired outside the prison cell because…

the banker was trying to kill the prisoner
it was hunting season, and those ducks won't kill themselves, now will they
the lawyer asked for confirmation that his multilingual note was correct
the guards were trying to keep the prisoner from escaping
Q. The banker reacts to the prisoner's letter by doing what?

hugging the prisoner
crying himself to sleep
feeling great about himself
tearing it up in anger