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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. The writer discusses a pleasure that comes from his illness. From where does the pleasure stem?

2. What does the writer think a man of action does when faced with a wall?

3. While the writer admits that spite may not provide a valid reason for revenge, why does he then say this might occur?

4. In Part 1, Chapter 3, the writer again discusses the wall and suggests how various types of people may perceive the wall. What does he say that some people do when they are faced with the wall?

5. What does the writer compare his writings to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses human advantage. According to the writer what is the main premise of human advantage?

4. What does the writer say taking revenge does to a man?

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

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

7. How does the writer explain the reason for man of action being a dull-witted person?

8. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The writer discusses men of action. What does he say about men of action? How does he feel about these men? Does he think of himself as a man of action? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The writer states that there are some things a man cannot tell his closest friends and even some things that man cannot be honest about with himself. He then comments that he will try to be honest when writing his notes. Do you think the writer is truly honest with himself throughout the entire book?

If yes, explain your answer. If no, does the writer ever become fully honest with himself and, if so, at what point?

Essay Topic 3

There are striking similarities between the writer and Liza. Discuss these similarities and how they affect the writer. Does the writer feel a connection with Liza and if so, does he accept it?

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