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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. In Part I, Chapter 1, what does the writer say about himself?
(a) He is a person of great wealth.
(b) He is a highly educated person.
(c) He is fictional.
(d) He is a real person.

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 St. Petersburg?
(a) Like hell on earth.
(b) Paradise.
(c) A beautiful city.
(d) Abstract and premeditated.

4. What does the writer say about the offense he took for various things in his life?
(a) He thinks he is cursed.
(b) It is inconsequential.
(c) It is deliberate.
(d) It is because of his difficult life.

5. What does the writer suggest he would be able to do, if scientists found the formula for life?
(a) Understand human nature.
(b) Go back in time.
(c) Find happiness.
(d) Caculate the next 30 years.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the writer describe his apartment?

3. What is the reason given for the writer's attitude and behavior in this profession?

4. After describing a man of action, the writer notes what how a man of action feels about himself. According to the writer, what does a man of action feel himself to be?

5. The writer states that man could not act against his own personal advantage. What, therefore, must his actions be?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

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

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

9. Why does the writer quit working?

10. What does the writer say about the laws of nature with regard to mankind?

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