Notes from the Underground Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. As Dostoevsky develops the writer, what does the reader learn about his physical condition?

2. When a man identifies the primary cause of an action, how does he go about this action?

3. What is the reason given for the writer's attitude and behavior in this profession?

4. How does the writer describe his apartment?

5. What is the only thing that can stop a vengeful man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the writer feel men take revenge?

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

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

4. Why does the writer quit working?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part 2 of the book, the writer often refers to the snow. What does the snow represent to or say about the writer?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the book, Dostoevsky states that the narrator is fictional. Do you think he is truly fictional or could he possible represent Dostoevsky? Support your answer with evidence from the book and what you've learned about Dostoevsky personally.

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