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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How long has the writer been underground?
(a) 30 years.
(b) 10 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 40 years.

5. What type of things does a man do when he is unsure of his true interests?
(a) Spontaneous things.
(b) Unproductive things.
(c) Vile things.
(d) Honorable things.

6. Who does the writer say would not understand the feelings of men about their decisions?
(a) Men of action.
(b) Those who have never been slapped.
(c) The strong willed.
(d) The weak and weary.

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

8. What does the writer say can be assumed about men who roar like bulls?
(a) They do not abide by the laws of nature.
(b) They are truly cowards.
(c) They earn respect.
(d) They are sick.

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

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

11. Why would the writer confess to wrongdoing when he is innocent?
(a) Out of spite.
(b) Just to apologize.
(c) He is always at fault.
(d) To save a friend.

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

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

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

15. What type of death does the writer say would be a delight?
(a) A martyr's death.
(b) A quiet death.
(c) A publicized death.
(d) A majestic death.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?

3. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?

4. What does the writer think a man of action does when faced with a wall?

5. What does the writer compare his writings to?

(see the answer keys)

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