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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. As one grows older, friendships tend to become something more than a combination of ___________ experiences.
2. Some people may simply not like __________, which can lead to stress and anxiety when put into a position of solitude.
3. In pre-literate days, memory was indispensable as a method of transferring _____________ between people.
4. If one consistently force feeds __________ into the brain, then it is difficult for the mind to address problems and worries.
5. What was the name of the Marine code breakers used in World War II as their language was never written down, so it could not be broken?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the three basic things a person needs to cope with the obstacles in one's life, according to this section of the book?
2. What does striving for flow seem like for a person who is having trouble making ends meet in his life?
3. What does it mean when someone overcomes adversity without any gathering of material possessions?
4. What does each person have to determine for himself in relation to work and how much to work?
5. What does the author say that solitude can provide to a person who seeks it out?
6. What can the use of one's memory help a person do in his life?
7. What did Sigmund Freud have to say about the recipe for happiness; what it includes in his opinion?
8. What are the two basic responses to stress that people tend to fall into when they are faced with such a challenge?
9. What are some of the downsides of solitude when it is not actively pursued for a person?
10. What must happen in relation to work in order for a person to obtain optimal flow?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea that many people believe they are supposed to be happy or not is one that seems to create a difficult position for the book and the author.
Part 1: Do you believe that everyone in the world is meant to be happy?
Part 2: Why do you think some people believe they are not supposed to be happy?
Part 3: How do you feel about the discussion of happiness? Does this seem to be an important question in your life?
Essay Topic 2
The author says that in order to change the world, one must change himself first.
Part 1: Do you agree with the statement of the author? Why or why not?
Part 2: How do you think people could begin to change themselves in order to change the world?
Part 3: Why do you think that some people believe that everyone else has to change for them?
Essay Topic 3
Changing external conditions is one of the ways in which the quality of life can be improved, according to the author.
Part 1: Why do you think changing things outside of yourself makes you happier?
Part 2: Do you agree that changing things around you is a way to create permanent happiness?
Part 3: In what ways do you think that changing the external conditions of your life may not cause happiness?
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