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MonkeyNotes-One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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QUESTIONS

1. Describe the setting of the story in detail.

2. Who is the protagonist of the story? Describe what he is like
as a person.

3. Who/what is the antagonist?

4. Does the plot end in comedy or tragedy and why?

5. Explain how the day of Ivan Denisovich begins on a wrong
note.

6. Why does the medic not admit Ivan to the infirmary?

7. Who is Tyurin? Describe him.

8. Who is Captain Buynovsky? Tell what happens to him.

9. Compare and contrast Ivan to Buynovsky, Caesar, Alyosha,
and Fetyukov.


10. For what reasons does Ivan feel so good at the work site of the
power plant?

11. Why does Ivan panic at the end of the workday when he hears
that each prisoner will be physically checked before entering
the labor camp? What is the outcome of the check for Ivan?

12. List at least six cruelties that Ivan has to endure during the
course of his day.

13. Why does Ivan judge his day to be a good one?

14. Compare Ivan Denisovich to Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

15. Why does Ivan admire Y-81? What things do they have in
common?

16. Do you think that Ivan will be released from the prison camp
in two years? Logically support your answer with details.

17. Why is the novel so realistic?

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