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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The writer refers back to his discussion on revenge. What does he say is the primary cause of revenge?
(a) Justice.
(b) Peace.
(c) Selfishness.
(d) The rights of man.

2. What type of person does the writer think could not desire something that is to his disadvantage?
(a) The gentleman.
(b) Uneducated.
(c) Educated.
(d) Man of action.

3. 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) Rid the world of distastful things.
(c) Make everything beautiful.
(d) Live honorably.

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

5. How does the writer feel his life would be if he lived as a man of action?
(a) More difficult.
(b) Boring.
(c) Easier.
(d) More interesting.

6. During Part 1, Chapter 6, the readers learn that the writer is how old?
(a) 40 years.
(b) 60 years.
(c) 45 years.
(d) 25 years.

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

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

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

10. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what does the writer say a wall is, to a man of action?
(a) Simply a small obstacle.
(b) A challenge.
(c) A deterrent.
(d) A fact of life.

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

12. What type of act does the writer state everyone will commit and thus betray themselves?
(a) Revenge.
(b) A selfish act.
(c) A ludicrous act.
(d) A kind act.

13. What does the writer think of being defined as a lazy fellow?
(a) It is reserved for the weak at heart.
(b) It signifies death.
(c) It describes many men.
(d) It is a career.

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

15. As Dostoevsky develops the writer, what does the reader learn about his physical condition?
(a) He is a large man.
(b) He is sickly.
(c) He is fit and well.
(d) He is short and thin.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?

3. What are some things the writer believes man will never discover?

4. In Part 1, what does the writer state is his profession?

5. How does the writer describe the groans of a toothache?

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