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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?
(a) For beauty.
(b) For freedom.
(c) For fidelity.
(d) For money.

2. What is the author's attitude toward depression?
(a) Depression victimizes millions of people.
(b) Depression is the fault of the depressed person.
(c) Depression is the most beautiful gift from God.
(d) Depression makes a person wise.

3. On the whole, what does the author say it is to choose?
(a) An asinine term for the hypothetical.
(b) A ridiculous term for duty.
(c) A polite term for selfishness.
(d) A stringent term for the ethical.

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

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

6. What does the author say are the spheres proper to thought?
(a) Logic.
(b) History.
(c) All of these.
(d) Nature.

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

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

9. 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 swallow the eye of a newt.
(b) One must play the same piece backward without making a single mistake.
(c) One must consult a wise man and obtain his blessing.
(d) One must remember Either/Or.

10. To what do doubt and despair belong according to the author?
(a) The hearts of young men.
(b) Completely different spheres.
(c) The same family.
(d) The souls of young women.

11. According to the author how does philosophy view history?
(a) Philosophy sees history under the category of mathematics.
(b) Philosophy sees history under the category of freedom.
(c) Philosophy sees history under the category of meteorology.
(d) Philosophy sees history under the category of necessity.

12. Why do the author's two Englishmen travel to Arabia?
(a) To purchase horses.
(b) To discuss philosophy.
(c) To smoke tobacco.
(d) To visit Mecca.

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

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

15. What does the author accuse the young man of having become?
(a) A prostitute.
(b) A critic.
(c) A liar.
(d) A thief.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say is another way to articulate the importance of living aesthetically?

2. 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?

3. What is the ethical according to the author?

4. Who does the author say cannot love?

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

(see the answer keys)

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