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The Bet

The Bet


by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Bet: Themes (For the Most Part) True or False

1. The bet is made to try to figure out… -> whether life in prison is better than capital punishment
2. Fifteen years of isolation have what effect on the lawyer? -> he becomes a prolific writer of escapist novels
3. Who has a change of heart about the validity of the bet? -> the banker
4. We can tell that the banker is a competitive man because of his tendency to… -> demand and collect proof
5. How do we know about the lawyer's prison experience? -> the narrator fills us in