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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 accuse the young man of having become?
(a) A thief.
(b) A prostitute.
(c) A liar.
(d) A critic.

2. Wherein is contained the whole wisdom of life according to the author?
(a) In marital commitment.
(b) In Either/Or.
(c) In religious duty.
(d) In sensual pleasure.

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

4. According to the author how does philosophy view history?
(a) Philosophy sees history under the category of necessity.
(b) Philosophy sees history under the category of mathematics.
(c) Philosophy sees history under the category of meteorology.
(d) Philosophy sees history under the category of freedom.

5. What does the author say cannot survive in the young man's thought?
(a) The infinite.
(b) Ethics.
(c) Morals.
(d) The finite.

6. According to the author, of what can the mystic not be absolved?
(a) A certain obtrusiveness in his relationship to God.
(b) A certain exclusivity in his relationship with others.
(c) Harboring lust in his heart.
(d) Harboring anger toward his brother.

7. What does the author say is another way to articulate the importance of living aesthetically?
(a) One must destroy life.
(b) One must marry well.
(c) One must enjoy life.
(d) One must find the truth.

8. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?
(a) One must play the same piece backward without making a single mistake.
(b) One must consult a wise man and obtain his blessing.
(c) One must swallow the eye of a newt.
(d) One must remember Either/Or.

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

10. What path does nature take according to the author?
(a) The widest path.
(b) The shortest path.
(c) The hilliest path.
(d) The longest path.

11. The author accuses the young man of hardening his mind to what?
(a) Lusting after women day and night.
(b) Frittering away his intellectual life.
(c) To interpret all existence in aesthetic categories.
(d) The existence of right and wrong.

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

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

14. Why must a captain of a ship make swift decisions about direction changes?
(a) Because while the captain is deciding, the ship continues forward at a constant velocity.
(b) Because the captain's ship is old and takes along time to adjust its course.
(c) Because the captain constantly changes his mind.
(d) Because the captain's crew is rather inept.

15. What does the author call the young man's intellectual capacities?
(a) Beyond genius.
(b) Non-existant.
(c) Truly remarkable.
(d) Lacking.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?

2. What does the author find sad in the contemplating of human life?

3. What does the author call the young man's condition of despair?

4. The author claims there is the deepest relationship between what two things?

5. The author says he would rather have a murder on his conscience than what?

(see the answer keys)

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