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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. How long does the writer state his toothache lasts?

2. How does the writer describe his personality in his previous profession?

3. Under what condition would a man only have to sleep, eat, and complain?

4. What is the human characteristic based on?

5. What does the writer think will become of man's will when it is put in mathematical formulas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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 say about the families of men who continually groan with pain?

9. What type of man makes the writer envious?

10. Why does the writer quit working?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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