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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What fundamental law does the writer say governs this dilemma of change?
(a) The laws of nature.
(b) The law of gravity.
(c) The law of heightened consciousness.
(d) The law of change.

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

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

5. Who does the writer state is the only one who knows what desire depends on?
(a) The devil.
(b) Man.
(c) Nature.
(d) God.

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

7. What does the writer suggest is the result of these feelings about the wall?
(a) Agony.
(b) Relief.
(c) Pain.
(d) Happiness.

8. How long does the writer state his toothache lasts?
(a) One month.
(b) Never.
(c) One year.
(d) Two weeks.

9. 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) Normal.
(b) He is different because of it.
(c) Excited.
(d) Ashamed.

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

11. Why does the writer want to continue living?
(a) To learn to be a man of action.
(b) To satisfy his capacity for living.
(c) To spite the gentlemen.
(d) Satisfy his rational capacity.

12. What do others say about the writer's discussion of himself?
(a) He is an honorable man.
(b) He is worthless.
(c) He is bragging.
(d) He is interesting.

13. What would a content man do to rebel against the laws of nature?
(a) Yield to the laws.
(b) Seek vengeance against the laws.
(c) Create chaos.
(d) Defy the laws.

14. In Part 1, Chapter 3, the writer again discusses the wall and suggests how various types of people may perceive the wall. What does he say that some people do when they are faced with the wall?
(a) Blame others for its existence.
(b) Blame themselves for its existence.
(c) Rebel against nature because of its existence.
(d) Consult with nature about its existence.

15. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?
(a) Abstract and premeditated.
(b) A beautiful city.
(c) Paradise.
(d) Like hell on earth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer say has offended him all of his life?

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

3. In Part 1 Chapter 8, the writer talks about a mathematical formula for what human characteristic?

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

5. How long has the writer been underground?

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