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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 man is in the eyes of nature?
(a) Piano keys.
(b) The enemy.
(c) Pawns.
(d) Innocent bystanders.

2. What two things does the writer state are most precious to man?
(a) Desire and acceptance.
(b) Personality and individuality.
(c) Love and family.
(d) Revenge and education.

3. Who does the writer say would not understand the feelings of men about their decisions?
(a) The weak and weary.
(b) The strong willed.
(c) Men of action.
(d) Those who have never been slapped.

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

5. When would a man stop his vile nature?
(a) Never.
(b) When the primary causes are clearly defined.
(c) In death.
(d) When he becomes enlightened.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer say about the laws of mathematics and nature?

2. In Part I, Chapter 1, what does the writer say about himself?

3. Under what condition would a man only have to sleep, eat, and complain?

4. The writer refers back to his discussion on revenge. What does he say is the primary cause of revenge?

5. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. How does the writer describe his servant?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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