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

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

3. How long has the writer been underground?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 30 years.
(c) 40 years.
(d) 20 years.

4. Why does the writer think men of action are spontaneous?
(a) They are unlearned.
(b) They are strong.
(c) They are free.
(d) They are dull witted.

5. What does the writer say has offended him all of his life?
(a) Gravity.
(b) The good nature of others.
(c) Other men.
(d) The laws of nature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer think of being defined as a lazy fellow?

2. When the writer states that there is something wrong with his liver, why does he refuse to go to a doctor?

3. What would a content man do to rebel against the laws of nature?

4. While the writer explains man's reasoning for taking revenge, why can he himself not seek revenge?

5. In what does the writer find pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses human advantage. According to the writer what is the main premise of human advantage?

10. 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?

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