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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 does the writer say all men must accept?

2. In Part 1, what does the writer state is his profession?

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

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

5. The writer describes a man who knew every thing about Chateau-Lafite. How does the writer say this man dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. In Part 2, Chapter 1, the writer discusses his feelings about his job. What are these feelings?

5. How does the writer try to cover up his feelings about Liza being at his apartment?

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

7. In Part 2, Chapter 6, the writer wakes up to a clock chiming. How does he describe the clock?

8. What type of man makes the writer envious?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Qhat point do you consider the climax of this story? Support your answer with significant events leading up to this point.

Essay Topic 2

In your opinion, do you think the writer is a "Hero" or a "Coward"? Provide examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

What character is the writer most like in the book? Provide details supporting your answer.

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