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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Between what two things does the writer say there may exist a significant difference?
(a) There may be a significant difference between the time the wedding is scheduled to start and when it actually starts.
(b) There may be a significant difference between how the in-laws are before the wedding and after the wedding.
(c) There may be a significant difference between the type of wedding reception the bride wants and the type of wedding reception the groom prefers.
(d) There may be a significant difference between how the young man really feels and what the wedding is like.

3. Of what two things is first love a unity?
(a) Love and hate.
(b) Freedom and necessity.
(c) Passion and indifference.
(d) Hot and cold.

4. Why does the author suggest the young man may be "depressed" and fear marriage?
(a) The young man's parents were unhappy in their marriage and abused him all his life.
(b) Perhaps the young man has not been taking his medication.
(c) The young man may be thinking, "Everything may change; what if this person that now I almost worship may change; what if, what if, etc."
(d) The young man may be thinking, "She doesn't really love me; all love is false."

5. What quality does the author say love shares with everything eternal?
(a) A quality of ephemerality.
(b) A quality of sexiness.
(c) A quality of lameness.
(d) A quality of duplexity.

6. What does first love not need according to the author?
(a) Money.
(b) Attention.
(c) Fame.
(d) Support.

7. What is the relationship between marriage and first love according to the author?
(a) Marriage is the equivalent of first love.
(b) There is no relationship between marriage and first love according to the author.
(c) Marriage is the transfiguration of first love.
(d) Marriage is the annihilation of first love.

8. What does the author say would be a matter of indifference to Christians?
(a) Whether Christ was born in December or July.
(b) Whether Christ physically rose from the dead.
(c) Whether Christ was literally an incarnation of almighty God.
(d) Whether Christ was ugly or handsome.

9. What occasion caused the young man to fume according to the author?
(a) A church wedding.
(b) A birthday party.
(c) A Mayday party.
(d) A funeral.

10. What is the one the thing the author says he thanks God for?
(a) The extraordinary refinement of his tastes.
(b) The clarity of his vision.
(c) The imperturbability of his soul.
(d) The mutability of his humor.

11. What character in opera does the author say embodies the state preceding love?
(a) Page in FIGARO.
(b) Don Giovanni in DON GIOVANNI.
(c) Tristan in TRISTAN AND ISOLDE.
(d) Wotan in THE RING CYCLE.

12. What is the author's stated attitude toward these feelings?
(a) The author writes that the feelings are the best kind of feelings.
(b) The author writes that the feelings are disturbing.
(c) The author writes that the feelings are aberrant.
(d) The author writes that the feelings are entirely natural.

13. What are the excesses of the mystics according to the author of the letter?
(a) Self-tormenting and annihilation of the physical.
(b) Attempting to help every person they come across.
(c) Praying all day and all night.
(d) Drinking and drug taking.

14. What does the author say that the first love always is?
(a) An unavoidable necessity.
(b) A profound evil.
(c) A terrific bore.
(d) The highest earthly good.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is adversity according to the author?

2. Who is the only one who has a true conception of who he is according to the author?

3. First love is equivalent to what type of faith according to the author?

4. What idea does the insane man, of whom the author writes, have fixed in his head?

5. According to the author, what happens to the value of an original, or first, thing if it may be repeated?

(see the answer keys)

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