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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 system does the author say he observed while he was a guest in the home of a young married couple?
(a) The Stanislavsky system.
(b) The silent system.
(c) The fairness system.
(d) The secrecy system.

2. What character in opera does the author say embodies the state preceding love?
(a) Tristan in TRISTAN AND ISOLDE.
(b) Wotan in THE RING CYCLE.
(c) Page in FIGARO.
(d) Don Giovanni in DON GIOVANNI.

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

4. What occasion caused the young man to fume according to the author?
(a) A church wedding.
(b) A Mayday party.
(c) A funeral.
(d) A birthday party.

5. What does the author say is the most intensive enjoyment?
(a) Drug taking.
(b) Dreaming as if you would live forever.
(c) Clutching the enjoyment in the consciousness that it may vanish in the next moment.
(d) Sexual intercourse.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of what two things is first love a unity?

3. Which part of the wedding does the author find rather backward?

4. How ought we deal with the frail according to the author?

5. What is the reader to understand about the content of Kierkegaard's letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author relate religion to swimming?

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

3. In what kind of moment does the author write he hopes his letter finds the young man, and why?

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

5. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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

8. What is the author's stated intention?

9. What does the author write about egotistic depression?

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

(see the answer keys)

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