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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. What treasure did Gurdjieff secretly get from the Armenian priest?

2. What was Ani?

3. Where did Captain Pogossian spend his childhood?

4. What legend did Gurdjieff's father and Dean Borsh discuss all night while Gurdjieff and his uncle listened to them?

5. What did Gurdjieff propose to do in his second book, "Meetings with Remarkable Men"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Gurdjieff happen to see the famous ashokhs of those days?

2. What is Gurdjieff's criticism of contemporary journalism?

3. According to Gurdjieff into what three categories does contemporary literature fall and how does he describe them?

4. Why did Gurdjieff and Pogossian become good friends?

5. What did Gurdjieff's father do on evenings before Sundays and holidays?

6. Describe Bogachevsky.

7. What does Gurdjieff criticize contemporary people for and why?

8. What did Father Borsh devote his spare time to?

9. Describe the Essene Brotherhood.

10. Why did people consider Father Borsh peculiar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) What are some of the devices the Seeker of the Truth comes up with in order to cross the Gobi desert?

2) Where does Soloviev die and how?

3) Who is Ekim Bey, where does Gurdjieff meet him?

4) Choose one of the three topics and write on it.

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe the situation of the European painter who was so highly praised by a German newspaper. Was he really a great painter? What happened in the story?

2) How did a literary critic cause the suicide of a young couple?

3) Describe the music critic Gurdjieff judges as a phony in the book. Why does Gurdjieff feel the man has no right to be a music critic?

4) Choose one of the three questions and answer in as much detail as possible.

Essay Topic 3

1) What question comes up during the opening dinner for the New York City branch of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man? How does Gurfjieff answer the question?

2) To whom does Gurdjieff attribute his business acumen and why?

3) How does Gurdjieff lose all the money he amassed for his Institute?

4) Choose one of the three topics and write on it.

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