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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. The goal of the frugal __________ is the goal of the man who needs some, but doesn't want to be weighed down by possessions.

2. The rich man has no patience with the concept of personal __________ or a society in which man can be free, according to the book.

3. George _______ writes that when man has what he wants, he is rich, but when he is able to do without what he wants, he is powerful.

4. Jeremy _______ writes that the status we call poverty is actually supposed to be called nature, according to the book and to the way he thinks.

5. The poor man will feel content with the _________ from a rich man, though the rich man just wants to be rid of them.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does James say that society does when it sees a person who is poor and downtrodden?

2. Why is it difficult to reject the easy life and the comfort of materialism?

3. What is poverty if it is not the end goal of the creative community, according to Michael Harrington?

4. What does the invention of free time, as given by mass production, cause a man to do?

5. What does Dorothy Day explain the difference between when she contributes to the book?

6. What does Gandhi say is the only true way for mankind to have equality in the world?

7. What does the civilized world lack these days which it did not lack in the past, according to Schumacher?

8. What is the power that is said to be intrinsic in the world able to do within society?

9. What is the idea or thing that metes out everything that man needs in order to be happy in life, according to Taylor?

10. What is the question that arises from the story of the man on the boat, according to Ruskin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book points out that man is neither good nor evil, but may be a bit of both.

Part 1: Why do you think that man is not necessarily good?

Part 2: How do you think a person can be neither good nor evil?

Part 3: Do you think man needs to be good or evil? Or can he/she be a bit of both? Is this possible?

Essay Topic 2

In the book, ego is defined as a non-productive luxury that stands in the way of one's true worth.

Part 1: Do you think that ego gets in your way? Why or why not?

Part 2: In what way is ego a luxury in life, as stated in the book?

Part 3: How do you think your life would look if you didn't have ego to worry about?

Essay Topic 3

The book states quite succinctly that no man is without his work, even when he is not gainfully employed.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of work?

Part 2: Why do you think that man is always at work, even when he is not getting paid to do it?

Part 3: Do you believe that you need to get paid for an activity in order for it to be called work?

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