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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 state would be his primary cause for any action?
(a) Glory.
(b) Spite.
(c) Pain.
(d) Honor.

2. What does the writer say he would like to become?
(a) Politician.
(b) Bird.
(c) Insect.
(d) Banker.

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

4. In Part 1, what does the writer state is his profession?
(a) Thief.
(b) Civil Servant.
(c) Accountant.
(d) Doctor.

5. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?
(a) Cautiously.
(b) With force.
(c) With primary cause, there is no reason to take action.
(d) Calmly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer say about the man who groans from a toothache for more than three or four days?

2. Although the writer states that he eventually begins to believe certain things about his illness, how does he feel about it in the beginning?

3. How does the writer say men feel about their decisions a minute after making them?

4. In Part 1 Chapter 8, the writer talks about a mathematical formula for what human characteristic?

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. 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?

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

3. What does the writer state these men think about their own groaning?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the writer think is a perfect description for man?

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

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

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