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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) A mouse.
(b) A model citizen.
(c) A lion.
(d) An outsider.

2. What does the writer say has offended him all of his life?
(a) Gravity.
(b) The good nature of others.
(c) Other men.
(d) The laws of nature.

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

4. What does the writer feel about men of strong character?
(a) They are limited.
(b) There are very few of them.
(c) They are without limits.
(d) They run the world.

5. When would a man stop his vile nature?
(a) When the primary causes are clearly defined.
(b) When he becomes enlightened.
(c) In death.
(d) Never.

6. In Part 1 Chapter 8, the writer talks about a mathematical formula for what human characteristic?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Human desire.
(c) Revenge.
(d) Self control.

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

8. What does the writer say is the result of consciousness?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Pain.
(c) Loathing.
(d) Inertia.

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

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

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

12. Although the writer states that he eventually begins to believe certain things about his illness, how does he feel about it in the beginning?
(a) Excited.
(b) Ashamed.
(c) Normal.
(d) He is different because of it.

13. Why does the writer say a man cannot change, even if he tries?
(a) A man cannot change what is in his heart.
(b) His pride would take over.
(c) There is nothing to change into.
(d) Man does not have the willpower.

14. What does the writer say a man can do with no primary cause for action?
(a) Seek comfort in the wall.
(b) Return home and moan.
(c) Give up.
(d) Beat his head against the wall.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the writer think of being defined as a lazy fellow?

3. While the writer explains man's reasoning for taking revenge, why can he himself not seek revenge?

4. What does the writer compare his writings to?

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

(see the answer keys)

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