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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Part 1, the writer describes his previous employment and attitude toward the job and the people he worked with. After going through this explanation, what does he say about this description?
(a) He is satisified with his attitude.
(b) He should have acted more professional.
(c) It is a lie out of spite.
(d) His attitude is the reason he got fired.

3. What two things does the writer state are most precious to man?
(a) Personality and individuality.
(b) Desire and acceptance.
(c) Love and family.
(d) Revenge and education.

4. How does the writer say men feel about their decisions a minute after making them?
(a) They regret them.
(b) They forget them.
(c) They are pleased.
(d) They are disappointed.

5. What does the writer think will become of man's will when it is put in mathematical formulas?
(a) There will be more temptation.
(b) It is no longer free.
(c) Life will become easier.
(d) There will be more freedom.

6. 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 are ashamed of their illnesses.
(b) They keep their illness a secret.
(c) They take pride in them.
(d) They flaunt their illnesses.

7. How does the writer feel about a man of action?
(a) He feels there is no need for him.
(b) He envies him.
(c) He despises him.
(d) He feels sorry for him.

8. How big does the writer state his rational capacity is compared to his capacity to live?
(a) 1/5th
(b) 1/10th
(c) They are equal.
(d) 1/20th.

9. What type of person does the writer think could not desire something that is to his disadvantage?
(a) Man of action.
(b) The gentleman.
(c) Educated.
(d) Uneducated.

10. The writer states that man could not act against his own personal advantage. What, therefore, must his actions be?
(a) Vile.
(b) Good.
(c) Selfish.
(d) Spontaneous.

11. During Part 1, Chapter 6, the writer discusses what he would have done if he had a career. What is it that the writer would have liked to do?
(a) Make everything beautiful.
(b) Live honorably.
(c) Be a drunkard.
(d) Rid the world of distastful things.

12. What is the reason given for the writer's attitude and behavior in this profession?
(a) No need for the job.
(b) No job satisfaction.
(c) Honesty.
(d) Too much power.

13. What does the writer say being too conscious is?
(a) A blessing.
(b) An illness.
(c) A weakness.
(d) A virtue.

14. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?
(a) Cautiously.
(b) With force.
(c) Calmly.
(d) With primary cause, there is no reason to take action.

15. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?
(a) Will.
(b) Impropriety.
(c) Lack of education.
(d) Desire.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the writer state is the only purpose of intelligent people?

3. In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer addresses the gentlemen about the nature of desire, the devil, and God. How exactly does the writer address this audience?

4. What does the writer say is the result of consciousness?

5. What type of deeds does the writer admit to committing?

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