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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 idea does the insane man, of whom the author writes, have fixed in his head?
(a) The insane man has the idea that his mattress is full of butterflies.
(b) The insane man has the idea that his apartment is full of flies.
(c) The insane man has the idea that his heart is full of spiders.
(d) The insane man has the idea that his veins are filled with oil.

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

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

4. What does the author claim Martin Luther said a Christian has never died of?
(a) Cholera.
(b) Hunger.
(c) Unkindness.
(d) Typhoid.

5. What does the author say romantic love is built on?
(a) An ocean.
(b) A rock.
(c) An illusion.
(d) An undeniable reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. In discussing the the aesthetic of marriage, upon what does the author of the letter draw?

2. The author asserts that it might seem proper for marital love to begin with a kind of what?

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

4. What is adversity according to the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the author's problem with the vows in the marriage ceremony?

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

8. Describe the church wedding that the author says caused the young man to fume.

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

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

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