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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 only thing that can stop a vengeful man?
(a) His friends.
(b) The wall.
(c) Victory.
(d) His conscience.

2. How does the writer describe the current state of the world?
(a) A negative time.
(b) A time of vengeance.
(c) A positive time.
(d) A time of forgiveness.

3. Under what condition would a man only have to sleep, eat, and complain?
(a) Peace.
(b) Economic prosperity.
(c) Sorrow.
(d) Contentment.

4. What does the writer state is the only purpose of intelligent people?
(a) To define laws.
(b) To fine primary causes.
(c) To think.
(d) To chatter.

5. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?
(a) Abstract and premeditated.
(b) Like hell on earth.
(c) A beautiful city.
(d) Paradise.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer say man is trying to do?

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

3. What does the writer say about the offense he took for various things in his life?

4. How does the writer define desire?

5. What does the writer feel about men of strong character?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

4. In his conversation about the formula of determining free will and desire, what does the writer suppose would explain actions if such a formula did in fact exist?

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

6. The writer states the continual fighting seen throughout the ages is a display of what character flaw of man?

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

8. According to the writer, what is the difference between reason and desire?

9. How does the writer turn a negative characteristic such as laziness into a positive characteristic?

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

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