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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. What does the author find sad in the contemplating of human life?
(a) That most people live out their lives in a quiet lostness.
(b) That most people never learn the value of a dollar.
(c) That most people go on about their lives as it they will never die.
(d) That most people never learn the joy of a beautiful marriage.

5. What phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?
(a) "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
(b) "It is not the given that is great, but the acquired."
(c) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
(d) "It takes one to know one."

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

7. The author asserts that making a good choice does not depend so much on deliberation as on what?
(a) A baptism of the will.
(b) A learning of correctness.
(c) What others wish for one to do.
(d) Just doing what one feels.

8. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?
(a) One must consult a wise man and obtain his blessing.
(b) One must swallow the eye of a newt.
(c) One must remember Either/Or.
(d) One must play the same piece backward without making a single mistake.

9. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?
(a) What it is to choose and repent.
(b) What it is to hate and destroy.
(c) What it is to study and perform.
(d) What it is to prepare and debate.

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

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

12. What does Either/Or represent?
(a) Marital fidelity.
(b) The capital of Denmark.
(c) An album of music.
(d) Choice in human life.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?

2. What does the author say concerns the young man?

3. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?

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

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

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