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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. How does marital love manifest itself as historical?
(a) By being a process of history.
(b) By being a process of dominating.
(c) By being a process of assimilation.
(d) By being a process of destroying.

2. Between what two things does the writer say there may exist a significant difference?
(a) There may be a significant difference between the time the wedding is scheduled to start and when it actually starts.
(b) There may be a significant difference between how the young man really feels and what the wedding is like.
(c) There may be a significant difference between the type of wedding reception the bride wants and the type of wedding reception the groom prefers.
(d) There may be a significant difference between how the in-laws are before the wedding and after the wedding.

3. Which part of the wedding does the author find rather backward?
(a) The author thinks the man ought to wear the dress and the woman the tuxedo.
(b) The author thinks "as long as you both shall live" is a little extreme.
(c) The author thinks it incorrect that he is supposed to be in charge of his wife.
(d) The author thinks he ought to be able to have as many love affairs as he likes.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what happens to the value of an original, or first, thing if it may be repeated?

2. Why is "sympathetic" depression noble according to the author of the letter?

3. What are the excesses of the mystics according to the author of the letter?

4. What does the author assert reflective love does?

5. From who does the author say the secrecy system generally comes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author write is "unhappy love?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the author assert is the principle reason for marrying?

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

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