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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. As Dostoevsky develops the writer, what does the reader learn about his physical condition?

2. What does the writer say can be assumed about men who roar like bulls?

3. What would a content man do to rebel against the laws of nature?

4. In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer addresses the gentlemen about the nature of desire, the devil, and God. How exactly does the writer address this audience?

5. How does the writer describe his personality in his previous profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the writer continue to explain a man of action's seemingly dull-witted actions and justifications?

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

4. What does the writer think will happen if scientists find a formula that predicts where desires originate?

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

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

7. How does the writer explain the reason for man of action being a dull-witted person?

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

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

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

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

There are striking similarities between the writer and Liza. Discuss these similarities and how they affect the writer. Does the writer feel a connection with Liza and if so, does he accept it?

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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