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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who has lost himself in another according to the author?
(a) The one who loves.
(b) The one who hates.
(c) The one who dodges bullets.
(d) The one who laughs.

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

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

6. What does the author say romantic love is built on?
(a) An undeniable reality.
(b) A rock.
(c) An ocean.
(d) An illusion.

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

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

9. According to the author, true marriage includes the religious and what other element?
(a) The pure.
(b) The erotic.
(c) The fated.
(d) The sacrilegious.

10. According to the author of the letter, to what does a religious person refer everything?
(a) Satan.
(b) Nature.
(c) The Virgin Mary.
(d) God.

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

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

13. What does the author say belongs in every marriage but is missing from a marriage of convenience?
(a) The cruel.
(b) The eternal.
(c) The temporal.
(d) The erotic.

14. 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.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the author of the letter accustomed to writing on?

4. What moment does the newly married couple attempt to postpone?

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

(see the answer keys)

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