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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 a troglodyte?
(a) Gentleman.
(b) Hermit.
(c) The will of man.
(d) A man in pain.

2. What does the writer say is the result of consciousness?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Loathing.
(c) Inertia.
(d) Pain.

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

4. What does the writer say about the man who groans from a toothache for more than three or four days?
(a) He is weak.
(b) His groans are out of spite.
(c) He is truly in pain.
(d) He is eliciting sympathy.

5. How does the writer regard these feelings about the wall?
(a) They are correct.
(b) They are incorrect.
(c) They are curious.
(d) They are preposterous.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the writer state is a privilege of man that no other animal has?

3. 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?

4. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?

5. While the writer admits that spite may not provide a valid reason for revenge, why does he then say this might occur?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer attributes many qualities to mankind. Does he finish with any specific conclusion of man, and if so ,what?

3. What does the writer say taking revenge does to a man?

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

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

6. Why does the writer quit working?

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

8. Who does the writer state is the antithesis of a normal person?

9. In a discussion about his illness, the writer talks about his superstitions. What is he superstitious about and what does he say about these superstitions?

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

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