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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. According to the author, an esthetically beautiful marriage is always a what?
(a) A sad one.
(b) A dull one.
(c) A happy one.
(d) An exhilarating one.

4. What effect does giving of thanks have on first love?
(a) Giving of thanks changes first love to hatred.
(b) Giving of thanks decreases first love.
(c) Giving of thanks augments first love.
(d) Giving of thanks has no effect on first love.

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

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

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

8. What happens to the person who profits by being secretive according to the author?
(a) He always loses.
(b) He is always tortured.
(c) He always comes in third.
(d) He always wins.

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

10. Who is the only one who has a true conception of who he is according to the author?
(a) The man who meditates on mountain tops.
(b) The man who can fight.
(c) The man who loves.
(d) The man who is self-sufficient.

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

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

13. What does the author say one must transform to preserve the aesthetic in human beings?
(a) One must transform suffering into joy.
(b) One must transform beauty into pain.
(c) One must transform lemons into lemonade.
(d) One must transform outer trials into inner trials.

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

15. What does the author say first love is for him?
(a) A password.
(b) A good word.
(c) A catch phrase.
(d) A bad word.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the author suggest the young man may be "depressed" and fear marriage?

3. What does the author say that every order of life, including marriage, has?

4. How does the author say the young man may best perceive the state that precedes first love?

5. To what does the author compare the engagement period?

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