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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. In Part 1 Chapter 8, the writer talks about a mathematical formula for what human characteristic?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Revenge.
(c) Human desire.
(d) Self control.

2. During Part 1, Chapter 6, the readers learn that the writer is how old?
(a) 40 years.
(b) 25 years.
(c) 60 years.
(d) 45 years.

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

4. What does the writer say about the laws of mathematics and nature?
(a) They are useful only to the educated.
(b) They are overcomplicated.
(c) They are a burden to a "man of action".
(d) They are undeniable.

5. How does the writer describe the groans of a toothache?
(a) Unbearable.
(b) Malice.
(c) Candid.
(d) Pleasurable .

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How big does the writer state his rational capacity is compared to his capacity to live?

3. What does the writer compare his writings to?

4. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?

5. In Part 1, what does the writer state is his profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the writer state is the antithesis of a normal person?

2. The writer refers to the "beautiful and sublime". What exactly is this in reference to?

3. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

5. How does the writer describe his servant?

6. 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?

7. What does the writer say about the families of men who continually groan with pain?

8. Discuss the writer's profession and his feelings about his work.

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

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

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