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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the author suggest the young man may be "depressed" and fear marriage?
(a) 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."
(b) The young man may be thinking, "She doesn't really love me; all love is false."
(c) Perhaps the young man has not been taking his medication.
(d) The young man's parents were unhappy in their marriage and abused him all his life.

2. Who does the author say has triumphed?
(a) The man who dominates his wife.
(b) The man who defeats all of his adversaries in business.
(c) The man who earns enough money to provide for his family.
(d) The man who puts the state of his relationship with his wife at the top of his list of concerns.

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

4. What does the author say is the defect of his era?
(a) Depression.
(b) Facism.
(c) Frivolity.
(d) Ambivalence.

5. What does the author say his era has discerned about romantic love very well?
(a) The fleeting quality of it.
(b) The weakness of it.
(c) The non-existence of it.
(d) The strength of it.

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

7. What is the only thing for which the author thanks God with his whole soul?
(a) That his wife has many hobbies which keep her occupied.
(b) That his wife is the last person he will ever love.
(c) That his wife loves him with all her heart.
(d) That his wife is the only woman he has ever loved.

8. Into what two categories does the author say he can divide the difficulties in marriage?
(a) Sweet and bitter.
(b) Serious and trivial.
(c) Kind and cruel.
(d) Inner and outer.

9. What does the author say can crush the aesthetic in a human being?
(a) Nothing can crush the aesthetic in a human being.
(b) A Man.
(c) An act of cruelty.
(d) A Woman.

10. From whom does King David hear a parable?
(a) The prophet Habbakuk.
(b) The prophet Nathan.
(c) The prophet Ezra.
(d) The prophet Joel.

11. Every coming into existence, according to the author, always has an element of what?
(a) Flying.
(b) Polemic.
(c) Stepping back.
(d) Caressing.

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

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

14. In discussing the the aesthetic of marriage, upon what does the author of the letter draw?
(a) The author draws on invented examples of marriage.
(b) The author draws on examples from his own marriage.
(c) The author draws on examples from Confucius's marriage.
(d) The author draws on examples from his friend's marriage.

15. How is it said that married folk should live according to the author?
(a) In confusion.
(b) In utter silence.
(c) In never-ending bliss.
(d) In good understanding of one another.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who has lost himself in another according to the author?

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

5. Of what two things is first love a unity?

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