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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 do others say about the writer's discussion of himself?

2. In what does the writer find pleasure?

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

4. In Part 1 Chapter 8, the writer talks about a mathematical formula for what human characteristic?

5. What does the writer say irrationality stems from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the writer think is the purpose of intelligence?

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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 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?

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