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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 type of things does a man do when he is unsure of his true interests?

2. How does the writer define desire?

3. What is the human characteristic based on?

4. The writer goes on to explain what men do because they cannot change. What does the writer think men do in this instance?

5. How does the writer say men feel about their decisions a minute after making them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the writer think Liza comes to his apartment?

2. 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?

3. What does the writer say man will and will not be able to do if these formulas exist?

4. What is Zverkov's reaction to the writer's complaint about not being informed of the change in time for the dinner party?

5. Why does the writer state that in his life he often takes insignificant roles?

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

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

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

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

10. At the end of Part 2, Chapter 5, the writer is in the room with the prostitute and glances in the mirror. What does he see and how does he feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Part 1, Chapter 8, the writer fantasizes about a formula for the desires of man. What does he say would happen to free will if such a formula existed and how do you think he feels about this?

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