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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. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what does the writer say a wall is, to a man of action?

2. What fundamental law does the writer say governs this dilemma of change?

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

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 a sense of revenge do to a man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Qhat point do you consider the climax of this story? Support your answer with significant events leading up to this point.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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