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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. What kind of feeling does the narrator say that tedium creates?
(a) That every day is worth living.
(b) That nothing can be better than the moment that just passed.
(c) That everything must be absolutely perfect.
(d) That there is nothing better to do.

2. Why does the narrator suggest that intelligent, sensitive people should remain as uneducated as possible?
(a) Because everyone should strive to be common.
(b) Because they will never be appreciated by the common people.
(c) Because common people rule by majority.
(d) To fit in with the common people and be happy.

3. Why does the narrator "remember" things that never even happened to him?
(a) Because his mother did that too.
(b) Because he is incredibly creative.
(c) Because of the joy it brings him.
(d) Because he is a pathological liar.

4. Why is the narrator sad to see the office boy quit?
(a) He has developed a close relationship with the boy.
(b) He sees so much potential in the boy.
(c) He feels like he's losing a part of his life.
(d) He is jealous.

5. According to a critic, what does the narrator need in order to become a charming person?
(a) A better personality.
(b) Better looks.
(c) Deeper thoughts.
(d) Better writing skills.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the author complete The Book of Disquiet?

2. What inventions does the narrator say are due to the evolution of man into a clothed creature?

3. Who, according to the narrator, does not realize the difference between the people of the middle class and those of other classes?

4. How does the narrator multi-task?

5. From what area does Omar Khayyám hail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the narrator's initial feelings in a barber shop and why they changed.

2. How does the narrator begin to view writing after the critic advises him about his physical appearance?

3. What does the narrator say about animal happiness? What is is reasoning?

4. According to the narrator, how should intelligent men view God?

5. According to the narrator, what is the only true form of pleasure that exists? Explain his reasoning.

6. Why are smells important to the narrator?

7. What kinds of memories does the narrator have and why does he like to remember them?

8. According to the narrator, how does one become a man of action? What role do men of action play in society and why?

9. Why does the narrator isolate himself, and how does it affect his sensitivity to worldly things?

10. How does the narrator like to view Springtime?

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