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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author call a poet-existence?
(a) A sacrifice.
(b) A drag.
(c) A delight.
(d) A sin.

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

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

7. 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.

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

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 must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.
(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 cannot possibly exist.

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

11. About what emperor does the author go on at length?
(a) Nero.
(b) Julius Caesar.
(c) Augustus Caesar.
(d) Constantine.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say cannot survive in the young man's thought?

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

3. What does the author say is the young man's position in relation to philosophy?

4. Why does the author say it seems superfluous to tell the young man what is aesthetic?

5. According to the author, reflection never reaches beyond what?

(see the answer keys)

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