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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sophie dreams about Hilde's golden crucifix and then wakes to be startled by what?
(a) Hermes standing over her.
(b) Alberto in his dress.
(c) Joanna's board game on her bed.
(d) Hilde's crucifix under her pillow.

2. What warning does Sophie receive concerning her teacher, from her teacher?
(a) Only confide in her mother about him.
(b) Talk to the religious teacher about him.
(c) Leave Joanna out of his lessons.
(d) Do not try to find out about Alberto.

3. What does Sophie find in the regular mail as the story opens?
(a) A letter from Joanna.
(b) A letter addressed to Hilde Knag.
(c) A love letter.
(d) An empty box.

4. What does Descartes' philosophy ask?
(a) When did we become such followers of others?
(b) Why should we learn when others already know?
(c) How can Man teach others, help others?
(d) How can Man trust his own senses, since maybe his life is a dream?

5. When Sophie's mother sees her playing with Legos, what does Sophie tell her mother?
(a) That she is doing an experiment.
(b) That she is doing homework.
(c) That she is having a hard time right now.
(d) That she misses her younger years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is 'Plato's Dialogues'?

2. What does Empedocles believe plays a role in bringing things together?

3. What are the teacher's thoughts concerning Sophie's religious exam?

4. What does Sophie take from the Major's cabin?

5. What do the Arabs develop in the 1200s?

Short Essay Questions

1. Epicureans believe in seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. Is this a theme of the novel? Why?

2. Holberg's play poses the question 'How does a person know which is reality and which is a dream'? What does this foreshadow in relation to Sophie?

3. What kind of teacher is Alberto? Why?

4. Are the postcard that is addressed to Hilde, and Alberto's decision to teach Sophie in person, connected? Why?

5. What would be an example of Parmenides' beliefs in Sophie's life?

6. What is an example of the Indo-European view of history concerning cycles of history that start over again?

7. Socrates could have escaped death through exile, but refused. What does this act say about his character?

8. Sophie immediately thinks about the first question, "Who are you?" How does this indirectly characterize her?

9. Why were ancient people angry when they spoke to Socrates and he claimed not to know anything?

10. When Sophie sees another girl in mirror who winks back at her with both eyes, what does this foreshadow?

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