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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. Why would the writer confess to wrongdoing when he is innocent?

2. What does the writer say is the result of consciousness?

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

4. What does the writer state would be his primary cause for any action?

5. What is a Waganheims?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the writer goes to visit Anton Antonych, there are other men also visiting. What do the men discuss and how does the writer feel about this conversation?

2. When Liza visits the writer at his home, the situation seems rather intense. What does the writer say that people often do in such situations?

3. In Part 2, Chapter 8, the writer decides to borrow money from his friend Anton Antonych in order to repay Simonov. Why does Anton Antonych so readily lend the money?

4. In Part 2, Chapter 8, the writer is thinking back to the events of the previous day. He begins thinking about when he lit the room and saw Liza. How does he remember her face?

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

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

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. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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?

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