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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the writer say he would like to become?
(a) Bird.
(b) Politician.
(c) Insect.
(d) Banker.

2. The writer eventually comes to terms with his illness. As he does so, what does he decide about the illness?
(a) It is just something to live with.
(b) It is not unlike other men's illnesses.
(c) It is curable with willpower.
(d) It is his normal condition.

3. While the writer admits that spite may not provide a valid reason for revenge, why does he then say this might occur?
(a) Because spite is a chemical decomposition.
(b) He cannot blame anyone.
(c) He is tired of acting out of spite.
(d) The laws of nature rule out spite as a primary cause.

4. In Part 1, Chapter 2, the writer describes the attitudes men have toward their own illness. What does the writer say about his own and others' attitudes toward their illnesses?
(a) They take pride in them.
(b) They keep their illness a secret.
(c) They flaunt their illnesses.
(d) They are ashamed of their illnesses.

5. What does the writer say about the laws of mathematics and nature?
(a) They are a burden to a "man of action".
(b) They are overcomplicated.
(c) They are useful only to the educated.
(d) They are undeniable.

6. What does the writer compare a man to when he is consumed with revenge?
(a) An insect.
(b) A monster.
(c) A maddened bull.
(d) A wall.

7. What does the writer say can be assumed about men who roar like bulls?
(a) They are truly cowards.
(b) They earn respect.
(c) They do not abide by the laws of nature.
(d) They are sick.

8. How does the writer describe the groans of a toothache?
(a) Candid.
(b) Unbearable.
(c) Pleasurable .
(d) Malice.

9. Under what condition would a man only have to sleep, eat, and complain?
(a) Peace.
(b) Sorrow.
(c) Contentment.
(d) Economic prosperity.

10. How long has the writer been underground?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 40 years.
(c) 30 years.
(d) 20 years.

11. When the writer states that there is something wrong with his liver, why does he refuse to go to a doctor?
(a) His illness is imaginary.
(b) He does not trust doctors.
(c) Out of spite.
(d) He can not afford it.

12. The writer describes himself in many ways. By the end of Part 1, Chapter 2, he compares himself to a hunchback, and gives himself what character trait?
(a) Disabled.
(b) Quick to take offense.
(c) Unpleasent looking.
(d) Honorable.

13. In what does the writer find pleasure?
(a) The agony of others.
(b) The wall.
(c) Confrontation.
(d) A toothache.

14. How does the writer define desire?
(a) A justification to do wrong.
(b) An unwillfull act of man.
(c) As a manifestation of life.
(d) A law of nature.

15. Why would the writer confess to wrongdoing when he is innocent?
(a) Just to apologize.
(b) To save a friend.
(c) He is always at fault.
(d) Out of spite.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Dostoevsky develops the writer, what does the reader learn about his physical condition?

2. What does the writer regret not doing more of in his life?

3. What is the human characteristic based on?

4. What is the ultimate result of the writer's always being offended?

5. What type of act does the writer state everyone will commit and thus betray themselves?

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