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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What effect does giving of thanks have on first love?
(a) Giving of thanks has no effect on first love.
(b) Giving of thanks augments first love.
(c) Giving of thanks decreases first love.
(d) Giving of thanks changes first love to hatred.

2. What is ostensibly one of the most respectable reasons for getting married according to the author?
(a) There is no respectable reason for getting married.
(b) To enoble one's character.
(c) To test one's patience.
(d) To do penance.

3. First love is equivalent to what type of faith according to the author?
(a) The type of faith that believes itself capable of moving mountains.
(b) The type of faith the haughty and vain have.
(c) The type of faith the poor have.
(d) The type of faith that believes there has never been anything but itself.

4. At what moment is love annihilated according to the author?
(a) The moment it becomes hate.
(b) The moment it sins.
(c) The moment it becomes conscious of itself.
(d) The moment it doubts.

5. What does first love not fear according to the author?
(a) Lust.
(b) Danger.
(c) Calamity.
(d) Laughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the only way the author claims he would ever wish to be in relation to his wife?

2. Who has lost himself in another according to the author?

3. What is the only thing for which the author thanks God with his whole soul?

4. What quality does the author say love shares with everything eternal?

5. What is the relationship between marriage and first love according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe romantic love?

2. What is significant about the author's reference to the biblical story of King David and the prophet Nathan?

3. What does the author write first love is for "happy individualities?"

4. Describe the church wedding that the author says caused the young man to fume.

5. When does the secretiveness about which the author writes gain its strength?

6. Describe the fantasy marriage the author proposes to the young man.

7. Why are erotic love and marriage irreconcilable according to the author?

8. What is the author's problem with the vows in the marriage ceremony?

9. What does the author write about his feelings of devotion for his wife?

10. What does the author say to the suggestion that the wedding ceremony "halts lovers"?

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