Notes from the Underground Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who does the writer state is the only one who knows what desire depends on?

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

3. What does the writer compare a man to when he is consumed with revenge?

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

5. How does the writer regard these feelings about the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the writer describe his servant?

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

4. Discuss the writer's profession and his feelings about his work.

5. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. The writer expresses his feelings on why the reader may think he is writing about men of action. What does he say about what the reader may think of his writings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 2 of the book, the writer often refers to the snow. What does the snow represent to or say about the writer?

Essay Topic 2

In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses the human advantage. He tries to make an argument for doing good as a result of its advantages. However, he finds loopholes in this argument. Discuss the writer's theory on the human advantage and the flaw's noted by the writer.

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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