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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 creature sends the author into "reverie"?
(a) The catfish.
(b) The tiger.
(c) The elephant.
(d) The jellyfish.

2. To what kind of wedding ceremony does the author of the letter refer?
(a) A Roman Catholic ceremony.
(b) A United Methodist ceremony.
(c) A Presbyterian ceremony.
(d) A Danish Lutheran ceremony.

3. What does the author say belongs in every marriage but is missing from a marriage of convenience?
(a) The erotic.
(b) The temporal.
(c) The eternal.
(d) The cruel.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author believe accounts for the young man's excessive anxiety?

2. What is the first subject Kierkegaard discusses?

3. What does David understand about the parable?

4. What idea does the insane man, of whom the author writes, have fixed in his head?

5. What does Byron declare about love according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author compare the young man to King Herod?

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

4. What does the author say could seriously tempt him to write books?

5. How does the author define and marriage of convenience?

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

7. What is the author's attitude toward "first love"?

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

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

10. Why does the author write that marriage belongs to Christianity?

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