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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. In discussing the the aesthetic of marriage, upon what does the author of the letter draw?
(a) The author draws on examples from his own marriage.
(b) The author draws on examples from Confucius's marriage.
(c) The author draws on invented examples of marriage.
(d) The author draws on examples from his friend's marriage.

2. To what does the author compare the engagement period?
(a) Being tortured on the rack.
(b) Being held underwater, dying for a gasp of fresh air.
(c) The time it takes many people to dive into the water when they go swimming.
(d) The time one spends at the hair salon.

3. What does the author say the actual experience of love is?
(a) Deeply painful.
(b) A falling backward.
(c) An awakening.
(d) A pretty song.

4. According to the author, what is the lifeblood of marriage?
(a) Uprightness.
(b) All of these.
(c) Openness on a large scale.
(d) Frankness.

5. What does the author say God's love is?
(a) Cruel.
(b) Incomprehensible.
(c) Understandable.
(d) Indiscriminate.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the quality of marital love's movements?

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

3. Into what two categories does the author say he can divide the difficulties in marriage?

4. What system does the author say he observed while he was a guest in the home of a young married couple?

5. What does first love not fear according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author compare the young man to an insane man?

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

5. Why does the author say that first love is found more frequently in women than men?

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

7. Describe what the author writes are the necessary inward conditions for marriage?

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

9. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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