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. 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 delight us in the moment of consummation.
(c) Art and poetry amaze us with the complexity of their construction.
(d) Art and poetry torture us with their beauty.

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

3. What kind of energy does the author say a dying person has?
(a) Supranatural energy.
(b) Not very much energy at all.
(c) Light energy.
(d) Atomic energy.

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

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

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

7. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?
(a) The concept of moral accountability.
(b) The concept of bilocation.
(c) The concept of relativity.
(d) The concept of Either/Or.

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

9. What does the author urge the young man to do with his "droll fancies"?
(a) Pass them on to the object of his affection.
(b) Rid himself of them.
(c) Keep them.
(d) Ignore them.

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

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

12. What does the author anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?
(a) The falseness of it all.
(b) The monotony of it all.
(c) The conventionality of it all.
(d) The cuteness of it all.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the married man's most dangerous enemy according to the author?

3. Who does the author say cannot love?

4. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?

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

(see the answer keys)

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