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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. The writer describes himself in many ways. By the end of Part 1, Chapter 2, he compares himself to a hunchback, and gives himself what character trait?

2. What does the writer suggest he would be able to do, if scientists found the formula for life?

3. Who does the writer say would not understand the feelings of men about their decisions?

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

5. Why would the writer confess to wrongdoing when he is innocent?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the writer describe his servant?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

8. Why does the writer quit working?

9. What does the writer say about a person who groans with pain?

10. In Part 1, Chapter 7, the writer discusses human advantage. According to the writer what is the main premise of human advantage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 1, Chapter 5, the writer states that he participates in self-degradation in lieu of boredom. Provide examples of this. Do you think the writer does this to fight his boredom or could there be other reasons? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The writer states that he is envious of the normal man. Do you think the writer is a normal man? Why? Why does the writer not feel he is a normal man? What is it about the normal man that the writer is envious of?

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