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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is love according to the author?
(a) Cruel.
(b) Selfish.
(c) Elusive.
(d) Self-giving.

2. Who does Kirkegaard explain the letter was intended for?
(a) A young man.
(b) Nathan.
(c) Joel.
(d) Bathsheba.

3. What one word does the author say can describe love?
(a) It is light.
(b) It is excruciating.
(c) It is futile.
(d) It is immediate.

4. What is the only thing for which the author prays to God with his whole heart?
(a) That God will give him the strength never to want to love another woman.
(b) That God will give him the strength to move on after his wife stops loving him.
(c) That God will give him the judgement to know when his wife is lying.
(d) That God will give him the patience to put up with his wife's nagging.

5. What is the second subject Kierkegaard examines?
(a) Messages from distant cousins.
(b) Messages from God.
(c) Messages from yourself.
(d) Messages in bottles.

6. What is the middle course that the "marriage of convenience" takes according to the author?
(a) The middle course is the path between youth and maturity.
(b) The middle course is the path between immediate love, and calculating understanding.
(c) The middle course is the path between love and hate.
(d) The middle course is the path between comfort and tribulation.

7. What is the quality of marital love's movements?
(a) Marital love's movements are slow.
(b) Marital love's movements are quick.
(c) Marital love's movements are outward.
(d) Marital love's movements are inward.

8. Why is "sympathetic" depression noble according to the author of the letter?
(a) "Sympathetic" depression is the depression of the landed gentry.
(b) The author has proclaimed it!
(c) "Sympathetic" depression is for the sake of another.
(d) "Sympathetic" depression is highly attractive in a young man.

9. What happens to the person who profits by being secretive according to the author?
(a) He always comes in third.
(b) He always loses.
(c) He is always tortured.
(d) He always wins.

10. The author asserts that it might seem proper for marital love to begin with a kind of what?
(a) Romance.
(b) Enthusiasm.
(c) Doubt.
(d) Indifference.

11. What does Byron declare about love according to the author?
(a) Love torment and marriage is peace.
(b) Love is heaven and marriage is hell.
(c) Love is irrelevant and marriage is significant.
(d) Love is false and marriage is true.

12. In addition to having a priority in itself, what other quality does marital love possess according to the author?
(a) Profligacy.
(b) Uncertainty.
(c) Ephemerality.
(d) Constancy.

13. First love is equivalent to what type of faith according to the author?
(a) The type of faith that believes there has never been anything but itself.
(b) The type of faith the haughty and vain have.
(c) The type of faith that believes itself capable of moving mountains.
(d) The type of faith the poor have.

14. What aspect of love does the author say is momentary?
(a) The sensuous aspect.
(b) The tender aspect.
(c) The romantic aspect.
(d) The hateful aspect.

15. What does the author say one must transform to preserve the aesthetic in human beings?
(a) One must transform outer trials into inner trials.
(b) One must transform beauty into pain.
(c) One must transform suffering into joy.
(d) One must transform lemons into lemonade.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reader to understand about the content of Kierkegaard's letter?

2. What is the opening phrase of the work?

3. What does the author say romantic love is built on?

4. Who does the author say has triumphed?

5. What are the excesses of the mystics according to the author of the letter?

(see the answer keys)

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