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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 state would be his primary cause for any action?
(a) Pain.
(b) Spite.
(c) Honor.
(d) Glory.

2. In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer addresses the gentlemen about the nature of desire, the devil, and God. How exactly does the writer address this audience?
(a) In a demeaning tone.
(b) As if he is giving a speech.
(c) As if they do not understand him.
(d) As if they are participants in the conversation.

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

4. What type of death does the writer say would be a delight?
(a) A publicized death.
(b) A martyr's death.
(c) A majestic death.
(d) A quiet death.

5. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?
(a) Desire.
(b) Lack of education.
(c) Impropriety.
(d) Will.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why would the writer confess to wrongdoing when he is innocent?

2. What does the writer say man is in the eyes of nature?

3. The writer goes on to explain what men do because they cannot change. What does the writer think men do in this instance?

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

5. What does the writer regret not doing more of in his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the writer turn a negative characteristic such as laziness into a positive characteristic?

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

4. Why does the writer think man sometimes desires nonsense?

5. 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?

6. Why does the writer quit working?

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

8. 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?

9. How does the writer describe his servant?

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

(see the answer keys)

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