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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 does the writer say being too conscious is?

2. How does the writer describe the current state of the world?

3. What does the writer say about the man who groans from a toothache for more than three or four days?

4. What is the ultimate result of the writer's always being offended?

5. How does the writer describe a man of action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the writer say about a person who groans with pain?

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

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

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

6. In his conversation about the formula of determining free will and desire, what does the writer suppose would explain actions if such a formula did in fact exist?

7. 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?

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

9. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Based on the writer's interactions with others, do you think he is respected? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

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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