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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 is the middle course that the "marriage of convenience" takes according to the author?
(a) The middle course is the path between comfort and tribulation.
(b) The middle course is the path between immediate love, and calculating understanding.
(c) The middle course is the path between youth and maturity.
(d) The middle course is the path between love and hate.

2. Of what two things is first love a unity?
(a) Freedom and necessity.
(b) Hot and cold.
(c) Passion and indifference.
(d) Love and hate.

3. What does an individual become when his heart is open according to the author?
(a) Inarticulate.
(b) Merciful.
(c) Eloquent.
(d) Vengeful.

4. Why is the author accustomed to writing on this particular object?
(a) Because he lives in modern India.
(b) Because he is a public official.
(c) Because he is blind.
(d) Because he lives in ancient Egypt.

5. What is ostensibly one of the most respectable reasons for getting married according to the author?
(a) To test one's patience.
(b) To enoble one's character.
(c) There is no respectable reason for getting married.
(d) To do penance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Between what two types of doubt does the author say it is important to distinguish?

2. What does the author say is the most intensive enjoyment?

3. To whom does the author compare the young man when he is ill-tempered?

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

5. What happens to the person who profits by being secretive according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

3. Why does the author warn against young men being tied down to making a living right away?

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

5. Why does the author say that dealing with the young man is a most difficult task?

6. Why is it painful to be in the wrong according to the author's sermon?

7. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

8. Briefly describe what the author means by the term Either/Or.

9. What does the author say to despotic husbands who utterly dominate their wives?

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

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