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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. Under what condition would a man only have to sleep, eat, and complain?
(a) Economic prosperity.
(b) Peace.
(c) Sorrow.
(d) Contentment.

2. What does the writer state is a privilege of man that no other animal has?
(a) The ability to do good deeds.
(b) The ability to swear.
(c) The ability to defy laws of nature.
(d) Revenge.

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

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) He is eliciting sympathy.
(c) His groans are out of spite.
(d) He is truly in pain.

5. Why does the writer say a man cannot change, even if he tries?
(a) His pride would take over.
(b) A man cannot change what is in his heart.
(c) There is nothing to change into.
(d) Man does not have the willpower.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the writer feel about a man of action?

2. What does the writer state would be his primary cause for any action?

3. What fundamental law does the writer say governs this dilemma of change?

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

5. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?

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. 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?

3. How does the writer explain the reason for man of action being a dull-witted person?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the writer describe his servant?

9. What type of man makes the writer envious?

10. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

(see the answer keys)

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