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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. At what unusual time are the people in the narrator's office forced to turn off the electrical lights?
(a) 4 p.m.
(b) 10 a.m.
(c) 1 p.m.
(d) 2 p.m.

2. Who is the author of The Book of Disquiet?
(a) Pessoa.
(b) Vasquez.
(c) Soares.
(d) Moreira.

3. What does the narrator say that people who must experience things directly lack?
(a) Religion.
(b) Money.
(c) Faith.
(d) Imagination.

4. According to the narrator, what kind of man can keep outside influences from changing him?
(a) A kind man.
(b) A gentleman.
(c) A thoughtful man.
(d) A wise man.

5. What does the narrator believe about breaking the laws of grammar?
(a) It's okay sometimes.
(b) There should be no laws.
(c) They should all be rewritten by him.
(d) It's never okay.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator say poetry should be written by children?

2. Who concerns themselves with the mystical aspect of Rabbinic Judaism?

3. What does the narrator fancy himself to be?

4. Who admits to not reading the narrator's writings because he cannot understand them?

5. When does the narrator say he feels more like himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it take, according to the narrator, for people to be acceptable the world's standards?

2. Who helped the narrator get his job, and why does he value the job?

3. What comparison between humans and animals does the narrator make? What is the exception that he notes in his comparison?

4. Where does the narrator's train trip take him? Why can't he recall any of the sights from his trip?

5. Why does the narrator say that don't people change their lives, even when repulsed by them?

6. Explain the narrator's comparison of his dreams and thoughts to a garden.

7. Why does the narrator say he writes with scenic description interspersed in his writing?

8. What does the narrator say about his imagination as it relates to life?

9. What does the narrator say about the difference in sunrises between the city and country?

10. Where does the narrator believe that dreams may exist?

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