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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

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Q. The bet is made to try to figure out…

whether solitary confinement is ethical
whether life in prison is better than capital punishment
whether the guesthouse would make a good prison cell
whether the lawyer and the banker could ever be friends
Q. Fifteen years of isolation have what effect on the lawyer?

he evolves into a being of pure energy
he becomes a prolific writer of escapist novels
he commits suicide
he becomes a spiritual and deeply ascetic man
Q. Who has a change of heart about the validity of the bet?

the banker
the lawyer
the guard
the narrator
Q. We can tell that the banker is a competitive man because of his tendency to…

host loud, argumentative parties
constantly work out in his estate's gym
demand and collect proof
frequent discussions of who made what on the Stock Exchange
Q. How do we know about the lawyer's prison experience?

the narrator fills us in
the lawyer keeps a diary that we get to read
all those talk show interviews he does after he gets out
through the eyes of people who spy on him