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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer addresses the gentlemen about the nature of desire, the devil, and God. How exactly does the writer address this audience?
(a) As if they do not understand him.
(b) As if they are participants in the conversation.
(c) As if he is giving a speech.
(d) In a demeaning tone.

2. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?
(a) With primary cause, there is no reason to take action.
(b) With force.
(c) Calmly.
(d) Cautiously.

3. What does the writer say being too conscious is?
(a) A virtue.
(b) An illness.
(c) A weakness.
(d) A blessing.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The writer eventually comes to terms with his illness. As he does so, what does he decide about the illness?

2. When would a man stop his vile nature?

3. What does the writer suggest he would be able to do, if scientists found the formula for life?

4. As Dostoevsky develops the writer, what does the reader learn about his physical condition?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the writer feel about this excuse for revenge and what justification does he state would lead his to revenge?

2. How does the writer explain the reason for man of action being a dull-witted person?

3. In the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 3, the writer poses a question about revenge. How does he state that men are able to take revenge on another?

4. What does the writer say man will and will not be able to do if these formulas exist?

5. Who does the writer say will submit to the wall?

6. What type of man makes the writer envious?

7. Why does the writer think man sometimes desires nonsense?

8. What does the writer say about the laws of nature with regard to mankind?

9. How does the writer continue to explain a man of action's seemingly dull-witted actions and justifications?

10. Discuss the writer's profession and his feelings about his work.

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