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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) Nice.
(b) Aloof.
(c) Indifferent.
(d) Mean.

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

3. 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 truly in pain.
(c) He is weak.
(d) His groans are out of spite.

4. What does a sense of revenge do to a man?
(a) Gives him strength.
(b) Makes him weak.
(c) Makes him evil.
(d) Overwhelms him.

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

6. What are some things the writer believes man will never discover?
(a) Certain laws of nature.
(b) True happiness.
(c) The meaning of life.
(d) Justification for revenge.

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

8. What does the writer state is man's ultimate shortcoming?
(a) Continual impropriety.
(b) Ungratefullness.
(c) Abillity to love others.
(d) Will.

9. While the writer admits that spite may not provide a valid reason for revenge, why does he then say this might occur?
(a) He cannot blame anyone.
(b) Because spite is a chemical decomposition.
(c) He is tired of acting out of spite.
(d) The laws of nature rule out spite as a primary cause.

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

11. What does the writer think will become of man's will when it is put in mathematical formulas?
(a) It is no longer free.
(b) There will be more temptation.
(c) Life will become easier.
(d) There will be more freedom.

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

13. What is the ultimate result of the writer's always being offended?
(a) It eventually becomes true.
(b) It turns him into a sour man.
(c) Nothing.
(d) It causes his illness.

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

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

2. What type of act does the writer state everyone will commit and thus betray themselves?

3. What fundamental law does the writer say governs this dilemma of change?

4. 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?

5. What does the writer say man is trying to do?

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