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The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych


by Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilych: A Short Story By Leo Tolstoy. It is 900 Pages. Quiz

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Q. How does Ivan get hurt?

He slips by the side of a pool
He falls from a ladder
A magician saws him in half. Did I say magician? I meant crazed lunatic.
He is mauled by a rabid dog
He sticks his tongue in the way of moving fan blade
Q. What is Ivan told by his doctors?

That it would be nice if he cleaned out his ears once in a while
That he is going to be all right
That he is going to die
He receives varying diagnoses
Q. Who shows Ivan compassion while he is dying?

His wife
His daughter
His servant
The Dalai Lama, although he actually mistakes him for someone else
Q. What does Ivan consider the happiest part of his life?

His childhood
His marriage
The day he got The Wall on vinyl
The moments just before his death
Q. What causes Ivan to stop screaming and thrashing?

His wife tells him she loves him
His son kisses his hand
He sees a bright light
A couple of horse tranquilizers and locking ankle restraints