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 many men did the British government execute for 'machine breaking' in 1813?

2. Who built the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine?

3. What is a good way to hurt one's parents?

4. What did Kurt used to 'laugh his head off' at?

5. How does Kurt feel about the woman behind the counter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kurt smoke? What has his experience been with drugs?

3. Why do you think Kurt feels the way he does about technology?

4. What advice does Kurt have for readers about creative writing?

5. What does Kurt say about Karl Marx's statements on religion?

6. What does Kurt describe about relations between English and Germans in America?

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

8. What does Kurt make jokes about? What can he not make jokes about?

9. What was important to Kurt while he was growing up?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the Great Depression from an economic standpoint, examining its causes, effects, and solution. Be sure to address at least one of these points:

1) Political leadership and the Depression.

2) Differences and similarities between the Great Depression and recent economic crises in the United States.

3) The influence of the Great Depression on economics as a discipline.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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