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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 regret not doing more of in his life?

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

3. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?

4. The writer refers back to his discussion on revenge. What does he say is the primary cause of revenge?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

3. In a discussion about his illness, the writer talks about his superstitions. What is he superstitious about and what does he say about these superstitions?

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

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

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

7. What does the writer think is a perfect description for man?

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

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

10. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The writer states that he is envious of the normal man. Do you think the writer is a normal man? Why? Why does the writer not feel he is a normal man? What is it about the normal man that the writer is envious of?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss who the writer is writing to. Does he anticipate others to read his notes? Does he withhold any information in fear that someone will read his notes? What does this style of narration add to or take away from the story?

Essay Topic 3

In Part 1, Chapter 5, the writer seems very concerned about making the distinction between intelligent and unintelligent people. Discuss the writer's view on intelligent versus unintelligent people. How does he distinguish them? How does he feel about each? How does the writer view himself in this regard?

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