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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 must be some supernatural forcefield.
(b) One's soul must prove to far vaster and more powerful than every healthy marriage in Denmark.
(c) One's soul cannot possibly exist.
(d) One's soul must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.

2. What does the author say the young man's attitude toward ethics is?
(a) The author says the young man finds ethics fascinating.
(b) The author says the young man is not ordinarily disdainful of ethics.
(c) The author says the young man despises ethics.
(d) The author says the young man finds ethics amusing.

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

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

5. What history does the author say proves to be incommensurable for poetry?
(a) Inner history.
(b) Danish history.
(c) Religious history.
(d) World history.

6. What is the ethical according to the author?
(a) The ethical is that with which a person punishes a person who misbehaves.
(b) The ethical is a mystery that is fundamentally unknowable.
(c) The ethical is that by which a person spontaneously is what he is.
(d) The ethical is that by which a person becomes what he becomes.

7. What does the author say that the young man thinks life is?
(a) A trial.
(b) A masquerade.
(c) A lark.
(d) A fair.

8. What kind of woman does the author compare the young man to?
(a) A woman in love.
(b) A jealous woman.
(c) A woman in labor.
(d) A spurned woman.

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

10. What does the author say happens to people who deceive others for an extended period?
(a) Such people get elected to public office.
(b) Such people become dim-witted.
(c) Such people become unable to show their true natures.
(d) Such people live ever more happily.

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

12. What relationship does the author assert between the substance one uses to become intoxicated and how difficult the habit of intoxicating oneself is to cure?
(a) The cheaper the substance one uses to become intoxicated the harder the habit is to cure.
(b) It is easier to overcome being intoxicated by black substances than by white.
(c) The finer the substance one uses to become intoxicated the more difficult the habit is to cure.
(d) There is no relationship between the substance one uses to become intoxicated and how difficult the habit of intoxicating oneself is to cure.

13. How does the concept the author mentions act on him?
(a) It fills his soul with peace.
(b) It spurs his will to action.
(c) It makes him exceedingly earnest.
(d) It makes him quite angry.

14. Who does the author propose might come to the young man for advice?
(a) A brazenly licentious priest.
(b) A coy milkmaid.
(c) The author proposes no one would come to the young man for advice.
(d) A brilliant youth, even younger than he.

15. The author claims there is the deepest relationship between what two things?
(a) Denmark and Norway.
(b) A choice and the people surrounding the person choosing.
(c) A choice and the one who is choosing.
(d) A man and woman who have gotten divorced.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author assert is more important than cultivating one's mind?

2. What happens to choice if one admits meditation according to the author?

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

4. What does the author accuse the young man of having become?

5. To what do doubt and despair belong according to the author?

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