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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 is adversity according to the author?
(a) Part of marriage.
(b) The beginning of a love affair.
(c) The death of marriage.
(d) The end of one's life.

2. What is the one the thing the author says he thanks God for?
(a) The clarity of his vision.
(b) The imperturbability of his soul.
(c) The mutability of his humor.
(d) The extraordinary refinement of his tastes.

3. From whom does King David hear a parable?
(a) The prophet Habbakuk.
(b) The prophet Nathan.
(c) The prophet Joel.
(d) The prophet Ezra.

4. How ought we deal with the frail according to the author?
(a) We ought to be polite to the frail in their presence and save our snickering for when they are gone.
(b) We ought to speak very slowly to the frail.
(c) We ought to deal with the frail lovingly.
(d) We ought to kick the frail down the stairs.

5. What does an individual become when his heart is open according to the author?
(a) Eloquent.
(b) Inarticulate.
(c) Vengeful.
(d) Merciful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say that the first love always is?

2. What does the author say he hates?

3. When discussing adversity with the young man, against what does the author warn?

4. What is David unable to appreciate about the parable?

5. According to the author, true marriage includes the religious and what other element?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author write about humility in love?

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

3. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

5. How does the author distinguish between the erotic embrace and the marital embrace?

6. What interests the author in a certain engraving dramatizing the story of Cain and Abel?

7. How does the author relate religion to swimming?

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

9. What is the author's stated intention?

10. Why does the author write that an exploration of the aesthetic significance of marriage might seem superfluous?

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