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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 a man can do with no primary cause for action?
(a) Beat his head against the wall.
(b) Return home and moan.
(c) Seek comfort in the wall.
(d) Give up.

2. When the writer states that there is something wrong with his liver, why does he refuse to go to a doctor?
(a) He does not trust doctors.
(b) Out of spite.
(c) He can not afford it.
(d) His illness is imaginary.

3. How big does the writer state his rational capacity is compared to his capacity to live?
(a) 1/10th
(b) 1/20th.
(c) 1/5th
(d) They are equal.

4. What does the writer think of being defined as a lazy fellow?
(a) It signifies death.
(b) It describes many men.
(c) It is a career.
(d) It is reserved for the weak at heart.

5. What type of deeds does the writer admit to committing?
(a) Altruistic.
(b) Good.
(c) Selfish.
(d) Vile.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the only thing that can stop a vengeful man?

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

3. How does the writer feel his life would be if he lived as a man of action?

4. How long has the writer been underground?

5. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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