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

2. What does the writer say man is trying to do?
(a) Empower himself.
(b) Find meaning.
(c) Prove himself.
(d) Seek revenge.

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

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?
(a) Unpleasent looking.
(b) Quick to take offense.
(c) Disabled.
(d) Honorable.

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

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

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

8. The writer goes on to explain what men do because they cannot change. What does the writer think men do in this instance?
(a) Give up hope.
(b) Live a lie.
(c) Become men of action.
(d) Nothing.

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

10. How does the writer feel about a man of action?
(a) He despises him.
(b) He feels sorry for him.
(c) He envies him.
(d) He feels there is no need for him.

11. When the writer states that there is something wrong with his liver, why does he refuse to go to a doctor?
(a) He does not trust doctors.
(b) His illness is imaginary.
(c) He can not afford it.
(d) Out of spite.

12. What does the writer say all men must accept?
(a) Pain.
(b) Nature.
(c) The wall.
(d) Consciousness.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The writer states that man could not act against his own personal advantage. What, therefore, must his actions be?

3. The writer discusses a pleasure that comes from his illness. From where does the pleasure stem?

4. When would a man stop his vile nature?

5. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?

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