Which theme is portrayed in this excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich? Besides considerations as to the possible transfers and promotions likely to result from Ivan Ilyich’s death, the mere fact of the death of a near acquaintance aroused, as usual, in all who heard of it the complacent feeling that, “it is he who is dead and not I.” Each one thought or felt, “Well, he’s dead but I’m alive!” But the more intimate of Ivan Ilyich’s acquaintances, his so-called friends, could not help thinking also that they would now have to fulfil the very tiresome demands of propriety by attending the funeral service and paying a visit of condolence to the widow. Fedor Vasilievich and Peter Ivanovich had been his nearest acquaintances. Peter Ivanovich had studied law with Ivan Ilyich and had considered himself to be under obligations to him. Having told his wife at dinner-time of Ivan Ilyich’s death, and of his conjecture that it might be possible to get her brother transferred to their circuit, Peter Ivanovich sacrificed his usual nap, put on his evening clothes and drove to Ivan Ilyich’s house. A.Loss of innocence B. meeting society’s expectations C. facing reality D. working class struggles
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Please need help fast Directions: Underline the subject and circle the correct verb. Ben and Conzuelo often (sings, sing) duets. His fit of sneezing (is disrupting, are disrupting) the class. The job (takes, take) up a lot of his spare time. Two hundred boxes of cards (was sold, were sold) by the club. His frequent fevers (was, were) a worry to his parents. Gathering clouds (foretells, foretell) a storm. Her pets (is, are) a great joy to her. Final exams (is, are) the last hurdle before graduation. Down the mountain (speeds, speed) the skiers. In her pocket (was, were) several acorns. Two dollars (is, are) not a big tip for this meal. The group (does not agree, do not agree) on which movie to see. Every student (needs, need) to study. Both Eliza and George (loves, love) to cook. The rock, as well as the waves, (threatens, threaten) the ship. Ireland, besides England, (has, have) many ancient ruins. Some of my brothers (raises, raise) sheep. One of the climbers (has, have) reached the top. Each of the actors (takes, take) a bow. A few of the vacationers (wants, want) to go home.