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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of act does the writer state everyone will commit and thus betray themselves?
(a) A kind act.
(b) Revenge.
(c) A selfish act.
(d) A ludicrous act.

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

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

4. How does the writer regard these feelings about the wall?
(a) They are correct.
(b) They are curious.
(c) They are incorrect.
(d) They are preposterous.

5. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?
(a) With regrets.
(b) With a triumphant conscience.
(c) A lonely man.
(d) Peacefully.

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

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

8. What does the writer say about the man who groans from a toothache for more than three or four days?
(a) His groans are out of spite.
(b) He is eliciting sympathy.
(c) He is truly in pain.
(d) He is weak.

9. What does the writer suggest he would be able to do, if scientists found the formula for life?
(a) Caculate the next 30 years.
(b) Find happiness.
(c) Understand human nature.
(d) Go back in time.

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

11. 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) Honorable.
(c) Unpleasent looking.
(d) Quick to take offense.

12. What does the writer say man is trying to do?
(a) Seek revenge.
(b) Empower himself.
(c) Prove himself.
(d) Find meaning.

13. How does the writer describe his apartment?
(a) Squalid.
(b) Middle-class.
(c) Fancy.
(d) Seedy.

14. The writer refers back to his discussion on revenge. What does he say is the primary cause of revenge?
(a) Selfishness.
(b) The rights of man.
(c) Justice.
(d) Peace.

15. After describing a man of action, the writer notes what how a man of action feels about himself. According to the writer, what does a man of action feel himself to be?
(a) An outsider.
(b) A mouse.
(c) A model citizen.
(d) A lion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the writer state is the only one who knows what desire depends on?

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

3. What type of person does the writer think could not desire something that is to his disadvantage?

4. How does the writer feel his life would be if he lived as a man of action?

5. What does the writer say he would like to become?

(see the answer keys)

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