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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 is the only thing that can stop a vengeful man?

3. What does the writer say about the laws of mathematics and nature?

4. How does the writer describe St. Petersburg?

5. In Part 1, Chapter 2, the writer describes the attitudes men have toward their own illness. What does the writer say about his own and others' attitudes toward their illnesses?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the writer describe his servant?

6. 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?

7. The writer expresses his feelings on why the reader may think he is writing about men of action. What does he say about what the reader may think of his writings?

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

9. 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?

10. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When the writer wakes up next to Liza, he is disgusted and begins to yell at her. Discuss this tirade. Do you think he is disgusted at Liza because she is a prostitute or at himself? What is the result of the writer's tirade?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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