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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say he hates?
(a) All modern architecture.
(b) All women.
(c) All purple drapes.
(d) All imaginary constructing.

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

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

4. From who does the author say the secrecy system generally comes?
(a) The priests.
(b) The parents.
(c) The men.
(d) The women.

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

6. According to the author, what is the lifeblood of marriage?
(a) Uprightness.
(b) Openness on a large scale.
(c) Frankness.
(d) All of these.

7. What is the reader to understand about the content of Kierkegaard's letter?
(a) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to the reader himself and not to another.
(b) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to the prophet Nathan.
(c) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to Kierkegaard's wife.
(d) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to King David.

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

9. To what does the author compare the engagement period?
(a) The time one spends at the hair salon.
(b) Being held underwater, dying for a gasp of fresh air.
(c) The time it takes many people to dive into the water when they go swimming.
(d) Being tortured on the rack.

10. What is the first subject Kierkegaard discusses?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Passion.

11. What does David understand about the parable?
(a) David understands how the parable applies to him.
(b) David does not understand the parable at all.
(c) David understands the message of the parable.
(d) David understands Nathan is merely trying to manipulate him.

12. To what kind of wedding ceremony does the author of the letter refer?
(a) A Roman Catholic ceremony.
(b) A United Methodist ceremony.
(c) A Danish Lutheran ceremony.
(d) A Presbyterian ceremony.

13. 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 was literally an incarnation of almighty God.
(c) Whether Christ was ugly or handsome.
(d) Whether Christ physically rose from the dead.

14. The author asserts that just as nothing is impossible for God, nothing is impossible for whom?
(a) The humble individual.
(b) The religious individual.
(c) The pure individual.
(d) The powerful individual.

15. What moment does the newly married couple attempt to postpone?
(a) The moment of risk.
(b) The moment of tenderness.
(c) The moment of consummation.
(d) The moment the couple realizes they are bored.

Short Answer Questions

1. Every coming into existence, according to the author, always has an element of what?

2. To whom does the author compare the young man when he is ill-tempered?

3. What does the author say that the first love always is?

4. According to the author, an esthetically beautiful marriage is always a what?

5. What is the only way the author claims he would ever wish to be in relation to his wife?

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