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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 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.

2. How does the writer describe his apartment?
(a) Fancy.
(b) Seedy.
(c) Middle-class.
(d) Squalid.

3. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?
(a) With regrets.
(b) With a triumphant conscience.
(c) Peacefully.
(d) A lonely man.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the writer compare his writings to?

3. What does the writer compare a man to when he is consumed with revenge?

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?

5. Why does the writer say a man cannot change, even if he tries?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. The writer expresses his feelings on why the reader may think he is writing about men of action. What does he say about what the reader may think of his writings?

8. What does the writer think is the purpose of intelligence?

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

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

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