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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 young man's position in relation to philosophy?
(a) The young man's position is friendly to philosophy.
(b) The young man's position is indifferent to philosophy.
(c) The young man's position is mildly at odds with philosophy.
(d) The young man's position is anathema to philosophy.

2. According to the author, reflection never reaches beyond what?
(a) Meditation.
(b) A man being what he is.
(c) Prayer.
(d) The power of marriage.

3. What does the author say an aesthetic representation requires?
(a) Lots of money.
(b) A beautiful picture frame.
(c) Concentration on the moment.
(d) Lots of laughter.

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

5. What does the author claim he is not?
(a) A husband.
(b) A logician.
(c) A surgeon.
(d) A father.

6. What is the married man's most dangerous enemy according to the author?
(a) His wife's suitors.
(b) Time.
(c) His wife.
(d) His conscience.

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. What does the author say concerns the young man?
(a) Serious questions of philosophy.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Either/Or.
(d) His parents.

9. If one can "lose the whole world" without damaging one's soul, the author of the letter asserts, then what must "one's soul" prove to be?
(a) One's soul cannot possibly exist.
(b) One's soul must be some supernatural forcefield.
(c) One's soul must prove to far vaster and more powerful than every healthy marriage in Denmark.
(d) One's soul must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.

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

11. What capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?
(a) Memory of his life.
(b) Logic.
(c) Wit.
(d) Imagination.

12. What does the author say are the spheres proper to thought?
(a) Nature.
(b) All of these.
(c) Logic.
(d) History.

13. What does the author call the young man's condition of despair?
(a) Lively.
(b) Ironic.
(c) Propitious.
(d) Fortunate.

14. Who does the author say cannot love?
(a) A person who always tells the truth.
(b) A person who beats his wife.
(c) A peson who cannot open himself.
(d) A person who is not Christian.

15. How does the author describe the way of history?
(a) The author describes the way of history as being ultimately amusing.
(b) The author describes the way of history as being very long and arduous.
(c) The author describes the way of history as being a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
(d) The author describes the way of history as being only apparent many years after the fact.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does he assert he sacrifices his life?

2. What does the author urge the young man to do with his "droll fancies"?

3. Wherein is contained the whole wisdom of life according to the author?

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

5. The author asserts that making a good choice does not depend so much on deliberation as on what?

(see the answer keys)

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