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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 does the writer say a man cannot change, even if he tries?

2. How does the writer regard these feelings about the wall?

3. What does the writer state he would like his own will to coincide with?

4. Why does the writer want to continue living?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Discuss the writer's profession and his feelings about his work.

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does the writer say taking revenge does to a man?

9. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

10. How does the writer describe his servant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 1, Chapter 5, the writer seems very concerned about making the distinction between intelligent and unintelligent people. Discuss the writer's view on intelligent versus unintelligent people. How does he distinguish them? How does he feel about each? How does the writer view himself in this regard?

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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