Either/Or Test | Final Test - Easy

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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 is "the last to be satisfied"?
(a) The ear.
(b) The heart.
(c) The eye.
(d) The stomach.

2. According to the author, what is love itself?
(a) The aesthetic.
(b) The easy path.
(c) An illusion.
(d) A myth.

3. What does the author assert is more important than cultivating one's mind?
(a) Traveling widely.
(b) Developing one's personality.
(c) Gathering wealth.
(d) Cultivating one's garden.

4. In what does the author say the young man is prolific?
(a) In coining phrases of his favorite conclusions.
(b) In writing novels.
(c) In composing symphonies.
(d) In writing volumes of poetry.

5. What is the secret horror of every person who lives aethically, according to the author?
(a) Tripping.
(b) Sinning.
(c) Despairing.
(d) Living freely.

6. What phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?
(a) "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
(b) "It takes one to know one."
(c) "It is not the given that is great, but the acquired."
(d) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

7. Why does the author say it seems superfluous to tell the young man what is aesthetic?
(a) Because the young man surely will not listen.
(b) Because the young man is not a real person.
(c) Because the young man is an aesthetic virtuoso.
(d) Because the young man has surely burned the letter already.

8. What does the author say art and poetry do for us?
(a) Art and poetry delight us in the moment of consummation.
(b) Art and poetry bore most of us to tears.
(c) Art and poetry amaze us with the complexity of their construction.
(d) Art and poetry torture us with their beauty.

9. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?
(a) Because the young man is afraid of everything.
(b) Because it deprives him of the opportunity to deceive himself.
(c) Because he had a frightening experience with continuity as a chil
(d) Because he enjoys variety.

10. Why do the author's two Englishmen travel to Arabia?
(a) To purchase horses.
(b) To discuss philosophy.
(c) To smoke tobacco.
(d) To visit Mecca.

11. What does the author say it is easy to do?
(a) Levitate.
(b) Walk a hundred miles.
(c) Have a happy marriage.
(d) Deceive oneself.

12. What natural need does every human being have according to the author?
(a) The need to find God.
(b) The need to formulate a life view.
(c) The need to marry.
(d) The need to exonerate himself.

13. What kind of energy does the author say a dying person has?
(a) Atomic energy.
(b) Supranatural energy.
(c) Not very much energy at all.
(d) Light energy.

14. If the the young man fails his wife, who does the author say will punish him?
(a) The author says the young man will punish himself.
(b) The author says his wife will punish the young man.
(c) The author says the Danish marriage police will punish the young man.
(d) The author says the state will punish the young man.

15. What does the author find sad in the contemplating of human life?
(a) That most people live out their lives in a quiet lostness.
(b) That most people go on about their lives as it they will never die.
(c) That most people never learn the joy of a beautiful marriage.
(d) That most people never learn the value of a dollar.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the author propose might come to the young man for advice?

2. About what emperor does the author go on at length?

3. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?

4. What kind of woman does the author compare the young man to?

5. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?

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