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. During Part 1, Chapter 6, the writer discusses what he would have done if he had a career. What is it that the writer would have liked to do?

2. What two things does the writer state are most precious to man?

3. What does the writer say all men must accept?

4. What is the only thing that can stop a vengeful man?

5. What does the writer say being too conscious is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. What does the writer state these men think about their own groaning?

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

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

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

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?

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