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I couldn’t care less about this book, I’m still trying to understand the New Testament.

—The Lawyer

“The Bet” is one of Anton Chekhov’s most famous short stories. The question, “What would you do for a million dollars?” will take on a whole new meaning after reading about this young lawyer’s bet with his wealthy friend, a banker. Way better than reality tv!


  • Introduction (there has to be an introduction)
  • Pre-Flight (a little help before you read)
  • The Bet (includes memes)
  • Discussion Questions (let’s think about the story)
  • Wrap Up (in depth explanation and discussion)
  • Where’s the Trans-Siberian Railroad? (Time travel to meet Chekhov)
  • Chekhov Quotes (way better than mine)
  • Additional Reading (in case you want more)


  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Pages: 36
  • ISBN: 9798847227339
  • Black and White
  • Dimensions: 5″ x 8″

In addition to Chekhov’s short story, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Pre-Flight”, a short introduction to read before reading the story, a “Wrap Up”, a more in depth explanation and discussion of the story, to be read after, along with “Where’s the Trans-Siberian Railroad?”, where Mr. Draeger travels back in time to meet Anton Chekhov. The lengths this man will go to for good information is truly unprecedented. Don’t miss this if you’ve never time traveled.

Also included are open-ended, Socratic type discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the story, some quotes from Chekhov and a list of some of his other writings. Wait, wait, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: there’s also a photo of Chekhov! But there’s more! Cartoons and memes! This is probably way more than you were expecting, but it’s just something you’ll have to get used to with this series.

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