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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. What is the reason given for the writer's attitude and behavior in this profession?
(a) No need for the job.
(b) Too much power.
(c) No job satisfaction.
(d) Honesty.

2. Why does the writer want to continue living?
(a) To satisfy his capacity for living.
(b) To learn to be a man of action.
(c) Satisfy his rational capacity.
(d) To spite the gentlemen.

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

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

5. How does the writer describe his personality in his previous profession?
(a) Nice.
(b) Aloof.
(c) Indifferent.
(d) Mean.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?

3. What is the human characteristic based on?

4. What do others say about the writer's discussion of himself?

5. What type of person does the writer think could not desire something that is to his disadvantage?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses human advantage. According to the writer what is the main premise of human advantage?

2. What does the writer say about the families of men who continually groan with pain?

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

4. What does the writer's self description tell the reader about this character?

5. What does the writer think will happen if scientists find a formula that predicts where desires originate?

6. Why does the writer quit working?

7. What does the writer say about a person who groans with pain?

8. The writer refers to the "beautiful and sublime". What exactly is this in reference to?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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