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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 women.
(b) All modern architecture.
(c) All imaginary constructing.
(d) All purple drapes.

2. What does first love not fear according to the author?
(a) Calamity.
(b) Lust.
(c) Laughter.
(d) Danger.

3. 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 lemons into lemonade.
(d) One must transform suffering into joy.

4. What is David unable to appreciate about the parable?
(a) David is unable to appreciate how the parable applies to his own life.
(b) David is unable to appreciate the time Nathan takes to convey the parable.
(c) David is unable to appreciate Nathan's literary skill.
(d) David is unable to appreciate the hidden language of heaven in the parable.

5. To what religion does the author say marriage belongs?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Hinduism.
(c) Buddhism.
(d) Islam.

6. What does an individual become when his heart is open according to the author?
(a) Inarticulate.
(b) Vengeful.
(c) Eloquent.
(d) Merciful.

7. What is ostensibly one of the most respectable reasons for getting married according to the author?
(a) There is no respectable reason for getting married.
(b) To enoble one's character.
(c) To test one's patience.
(d) To do penance.

8. 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.

9. How does marital love manifest itself as historical?
(a) By being a process of dominating.
(b) By being a process of assimilation.
(c) By being a process of destroying.
(d) By being a process of history.

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

11. 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 Confucius's marriage.
(c) The author draws on examples from his own marriage.
(d) The author draws on examples from his friend's marriage.

12. What does the author say that every order of life, including marriage, has?
(a) Plebeians.
(b) Traitors.
(c) Paragons.
(d) Workers.

13. What is adversity according to the author?
(a) The beginning of a love affair.
(b) The end of one's life.
(c) The death of marriage.
(d) Part of marriage.

14. What is the opening phrase of the work?
(a) "Dear Friend,".
(b) "Ladies and Gentlemen,".
(c) "Hey, guy,".
(d) "Red Fox to Chrome Eagle:".

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What creature sends the author into "reverie"?

2. What does first love not need according to the author?

3. Why is "sympathetic" depression noble according to the author of the letter?

4. What is the author's answer to the claim that poverty may be a serious difficulty for marriage?

5. Why is the author accustomed to writing on this particular object?

(see the answer keys)

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