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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 does the author say can crush the aesthetic in a human being?
(a) A Man.
(b) Nothing can crush the aesthetic in a human being.
(c) An act of cruelty.
(d) A Woman.

2. What is the author's answer to the claim that poverty may be a serious difficulty for marriage?
(a) Eat.
(b) Work.
(c) Love.
(d) Pray.

3. What does the author believe accounts for the young man's excessive anxiety?
(a) The author believes the young man is afraid of death.
(b) The author believes the young man is afraid of his father.
(c) The author believes the young man is afraid of missing all the frivolity of the engagement period.
(d) The author believes the young man is afraid of missing the erotic moment.

4. What is the only thing for which the author thanks God with his whole soul?
(a) That his wife is the last person he will ever love.
(b) That his wife is the only woman he has ever loved.
(c) That his wife loves him with all her heart.
(d) That his wife has many hobbies which keep her occupied.

5. How does the author describe a couple's connection in a marriage of convenience?
(a) The connection is immoral and fragile.
(b) The connection is moral but shallow.
(c) The connection is safe but unrewarding.
(d) The connection is sexy and suffocating.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author say he must always be with the young man?

2. To what religion does the author say marriage belongs?

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

4. Why is the author accustomed to writing on this particular object?

5. What does the author say is the defect of his era?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the author's stated intention?

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

5. How is first love the unification of freedom and necessity?

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

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

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

9. What are some immoral motivations for marrying according to the author?

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

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