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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the writer describe his personality in his previous profession?
(a) Aloof.
(b) Nice.
(c) Mean.
(d) Indifferent.

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

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

4. 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 is tired of acting out of spite.
(c) He cannot blame anyone.
(d) The laws of nature rule out spite as a primary cause.

5. What would happen to a man who tries to assert himself?
(a) He would die.
(b) He would succeed.
(c) He would understand reason.
(d) He would go mad.

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

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

8. How does the writer describe the current state of the world?
(a) A time of forgiveness.
(b) A negative time.
(c) A time of vengeance.
(d) A positive time.

9. How many times has the writer fallen in love?
(a) He is always in love.
(b) Never.
(c) Three times.
(d) Twice.

10. 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) Be a drunkard.
(b) Live honorably.
(c) Make everything beautiful.
(d) Rid the world of distastful things.

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

12. The writer discusses a pleasure that comes from his illness. From where does the pleasure stem?
(a) Humiliation.
(b) Pride.
(c) Joy.
(d) Shame.

13. What is the human characteristic based on?
(a) Laws of nature.
(b) Mistakes.
(c) Revenge.
(d) Love.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?

2. What does the writer say a man can do with no primary cause for action?

3. What does a sense of revenge do to a man?

4. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what does the writer say a wall is, to a man of action?

5. Although the writer states that he eventually begins to believe certain things about his illness, how does he feel about it in the beginning?

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