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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 about the man who groans from a toothache for more than three or four days?
(a) He is weak.
(b) He is truly in pain.
(c) His groans are out of spite.
(d) He is eliciting sympathy.

2. What does the writer compare a man to when he is consumed with revenge?
(a) A maddened bull.
(b) A wall.
(c) A monster.
(d) An insect.

3. How does the writer say men feel about their decisions a minute after making them?
(a) They are disappointed.
(b) They forget them.
(c) They are pleased.
(d) They regret them.

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

5. What does the writer say is the result of consciousness?
(a) Inertia.
(b) Loathing.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Pain.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 1, the writer describes his previous employment and attitude toward the job and the people he worked with. After going through this explanation, what does he say about this description?

2. What does the writer suggest is the result of these feelings about the wall?

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

4. Who does the writer state is the only one who knows what desire depends on?

5. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what does the writer say a wall is, to a man of action?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. At the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 1, the writer provides the reader with a self description. How does the writer describe himself?

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

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

6. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does the writer's self description tell the reader about this character?

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