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“The Bet” by Anton Chekhov Annotations and Questions
Annotations to Review Create a similar chart on your own paper and add examples during your group discussion.
Questions to Answer • Answer the following questions on the back of your chart. • Explain the terms of the bet. • At the end of the 15 years, what has happened to the banker? And the lawyer? • Based on the Banker’s remarks about the death penalty, what does he seem to value most in life? • Why does the banker feel such contempt for himself after reading the Lawyer’s letter? • After making the bet, the Banker tells himself that “greed for money” was the Lawyer’s motivation for betting. Do you agree or disagree? Provide textual evidence to support your answer. • What are two qualities of the Banker? Provide textual evidence for your answer. • What are two qualities of the Lawyer? Provide textual evidence for your answer. • What is theme of the short story? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.