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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the writer compare his writings to?
(a) The mouse.
(b) The man faced with the wall.
(c) The moan of a man with a toothache.
(d) The Waganheims.

2. What does the writer question regarding a character trait when a man experiences self humiliation?
(a) Respect.
(b) Patience.
(c) Honor.
(d) Virtue.

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

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

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

6. What does the writer compare a man to when he is consumed with revenge?
(a) A maddened bull.
(b) A wall.
(c) A monster.
(d) An insect.

7. 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 take pride in them.
(c) They keep their illness a secret.
(d) They flaunt their illnesses.

8. 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) Make everything beautiful.
(d) Be a drunkard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. What does the writer state man wants to cling to?
(a) Abject foolishness.
(b) The laws of nature.
(c) Revenge.
(d) The greatness of others.

Short Answer Questions

1. The writer refers back to his discussion on revenge. What does he say is the primary cause of revenge?

2. Who does the writer say would not understand the feelings of men about their decisions?

3. How does the writer say men feel about their decisions a minute after making them?

4. What does the writer state would be his primary cause for any action?

5. What type of things does a man do when he is unsure of his true interests?

(see the answer keys)

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