Notes from the Underground Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. At the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 1, the writer provides the reader with a self description. How does the writer describe himself?

The writer describes himself as a sick, spiteful, and unattractive man.

2. What does the writer's self description tell the reader about this character?

From the writer's description of himself, the reader can probably deduce that the writer is most likely depressed and unhappy with himself and his life.

3. In a discussion about his illness, the writer talks about his superstitions. What is he superstitious about and what does he say about these superstitions?

The writer is superstitious about the medical field. He also states that he knows he should not be superstitious because he is an educated man, and educated men are not superstitious.

4. Discuss the writer's profession and his feelings about his work.

The writer is a civil servant. As such, he is often rude because he both enjoys being rude and does not take bribes.

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