A Man Without a Country Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Kurt at the time of writing?

2. What must every sentence have?

3. Who was unsure about Jane Marie's decision to marry a German?

4. Who said that 'religion is the opium of the people?'

5. What ethnic group did Kurt's friend in Nigeria belong to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kurt say humor is a response to?

2. How does Kurt feel about American socialists?

3. Why does Kurt think "Hamlet" is such a popular story?

4. What is the story of Hamlet? What story does Kurt compare it to?

5. Do you agree with Kurt's assessment that the human race is already doomed?

6. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

7. Who was Ned Ludd?

8. What political undertones can you notice in this chapter?

9. What does Kurt say about electronic communities? Do you agree?

10. What does Kurt state is the truth about life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the effect of fossil fuels upon the environment and human history. Be sure to address:

1) Environmental perils of fossil fuels.

2) The importance of fossil fuels in human industrial development.

3) The future of fossil fuels.

Essay Topic 2

Write an persuasive essay on political power, with a focus on the effect of power on people who hold it. Points to address are:

1) Specific examples of the corrupting influence of power.

2) Your personal attitude towards having power over other people.

3) Recommendations for checks and balances over political power in a modern democracy.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the bombing of Dresden during World War Two. Be sure to address:

1) Rationale for bombing Dresden.

2) Public opinion on the bombing.

3) Your own thoughts on the devastation.

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