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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. According to Montaigne, what is the source of the difference between men and women?
(a) Emotion.
(b) Custom and education.
(c) Genetics.
(d) Divine intervention.

2. In what century did Sei Shonagon live?
(a) 18th century.
(b) 10th century.
(c) 6th century.
(d) 14th century.

3. What place does Seneca describe in "Scipio's Villa?"
(a) The palace.
(b) The arena.
(c) The farm.
(d) The temple.

4. Who wrote "Nicolini and the Lions?"
(a) Seneca.
(b) Michel de Montaigne.
(c) Joseph Addison.
(d) Charles Lamb.

5. Who wrote "An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow?"
(a) Abraham Cowley.
(b) Joseph Addison.
(c) Richard Steele.
(d) Maria Edgeworth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Richard Steele's message in his essay "Twenty-four Hours in London"?

2. Beyond essays, Samuel Johnson is famous for which text?

3. What does "Pleasure Boat Studio" refer to?

4. What political party did Abraham Cowley support?

5. At what age did Montaigne begin writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subject of Montaigne's "Of Books?"

2. Provide some biographical information on Plutarch? What was his contribution to world literature?

3. What accounts for Maria Edgeworth's nontraditional views of male/female relationships? How are these views represented in "An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification"?

4. What is dealt with by Kenko in his essay "Essays in Idleness?"

5. Why is Samuel Johnson famous? What kind of essays did he write?

6. What is the biographical background necessary to understand "Consolation to His Wife" by Plutarch?

7. What is the subject of Richard Steele's "Twenty-four Hours in London"? What point does Steele make in the story?

8. Describe the "monstrous child" Montaigne speaks of in "Of a Monstrous Child."

9. As expressed in "On Some Verses of Virgil," what does Montaigne have to say about the nature of the sexes?

10. How does Montaigne view human nature?

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