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

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

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

4. What does the author write is on the other side of the aesthetic?
(a) The joyous.
(b) The hateful.
(c) The romantic.
(d) The indifferent.

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

6. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?
(a) That one's despair will be totally overwhelming.
(b) That one's despair will not be authentic and deep.
(c) That one will be distracted from the joy of sunsets.
(d) That one will forget one's obligation to one's wife.

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

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

9. The author says he would rather have a murder on his conscience than what?
(a) To have stolen an erotic glance at a beautiful woman.
(b) To have eaten the last piece of cake.
(c) To have spurned a girls love.
(d) To have lied about his age.

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

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

12. What does the author claim he has never passed himself off as?
(a) A poet.
(b) A cobbler.
(c) A cabinet maker.
(d) A philosopher.

13. 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) There is no relationship between the substance one uses to become intoxicated and how difficult the habit of intoxicating oneself 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) The cheaper the substance one uses to become intoxicated the harder the habit is to cure.

14. How fast do philosophers hasten to the past according to the author?
(a) So fast that none of philosophy remains in the present at all.
(b) Philosophy never hastens to the past.
(c) So fast that it ends up in the future.
(d) So fast that only philosophy's coattails remain in the present.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?

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

3. What does the author say are the spheres proper to thought?

4. What natural need does every human being have according to the author?

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

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