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- State what “the problem of evil” involves and how it is made manifest in this story. State how Pangloss would explain the presence of evil in the world, and make an argument for what you believe is Voltaire’s opinion on the presence of evil in the world.
- If Voltaire were asked, if man has free will, how do you suppose he would respond? Use passages or incidents from the novel to support your generalization.
- Prove or disprove the following assertion by citing passages or comments from the novel: Voltaire is a passionate believer in independent thought, and he vigorously opposes the idea that anyone should dictate how others should think.
- By referring to the text, prove that Voltaire is not anti-religious but that he is against the abuses and excesses he sees practiced by church people.
- Explain what the term “to cultivate one’s garden” has to do with the theme of this novel.
- Define “philosophical optimism,” and state why Voltaire is so vigorously opposed to it.
- Define satire, and identify at least one target of Voltaire’s attack.
- Define irony, and give examples of where and how it is used in this novel.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.