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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the human characteristic based on?

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

3. Why does the writer say a man cannot change, even if he tries?

4. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?

5. What is a Waganheims?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Who does the writer say will submit to the wall?

4. What does the writer find when he arrives at the dinner party and how does he feel about it?

5. When Liza visits the writer at his home, the situation seems rather intense. What does the writer say that people often do in such situations?

6. In Part 2, Chapter 7 the writer is having a conversation with Liza and describes her duties to men. What does he say she must do if he whistles at her?

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

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

9. In Part 2, Chapter 8, the writer is thinking back to the events of the previous day. He begins thinking about when he lit the room and saw Liza. How does he remember her face?

10. The writer wakes up after being drunk and finds someone next to him. How does he describe this person?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses the human advantage. He tries to make an argument for doing good as a result of its advantages. However, he finds loopholes in this argument. Discuss the writer's theory on the human advantage and the flaw's noted by the writer.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 1, Chapter 6, the reader further learns that the author lives in self pity and loathing. Discuss how this way of life has affected him in terms of his work life, love life, and social life.

Essay Topic 3

What is the Underground? How long has the writer lived in the Underground? Are there others living in the Underground? What do you think the Underground represents to the writer?

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