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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 did Gurdjieff dream of specializing in?

2. In which towns did Gurdjieff's family live during his childhood?

3. What position did Gurdjieff's first tutor hold?

4. What did Pogossian do after graduating from the seminary?

5. How does Gurdjieff sum up the literature of his times?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. On their expedition to find the Sarmoung Brotherhood what other precious treasure does Gurdjieff find?

3. What important discovery did Gurdjieff and Pogossian make in the rubble of the underground passages of the ancient churches near Alexandropol?

4. What was Gurdjieff's father's view on the aim of life?

5. Why did Gurdjieff go to Alexandropol?

6. What experiment did Bogachevsky and his friends make to prove the validity of spiritualism?

7. What are Gurdjiefff's thoughts on the grammars of different languages, who composes them and alters them?

8. Describe the Essene Brotherhood.

9. Which two animals does Gurdjieff think each man should embody and why?

10. Why did Gurdjieff and Pogossian become good friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Who is Pogossian? How and where does Gurdjieff meet him? What do they have in common?

2) What does Pogossian choose to do instead of entering the priesthood?

3) What do Gurdjieff and Pogossian find among the ancient Armenian ruins near Alexandropol?

4) Choose one of these three topics to write on.

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe the anecdote Gurdjieff tells entitled "The Conversation of the Two Sparrows". What is the lesson contained in the anecdote?

2) What did Gurdjieff think were the shortcomings of the contemporary literature of his day?

3) Recount the story of the family who died from eating poison sausages. Who caused that tragedy and how?

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

Essay Topic 3

1) Describe Gurdjieff's theories about translation of languages.

2) Why does Gurdjieff think grammars have harmed contemporary literature?

3) What are some of Gurdjieff's theories about translation of languages and thinking in one language while attempting to speak another?

4) Choose one of the three topics to write about.

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