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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 reader to understand about the content of Kierkegaard's letter?
(a) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to the reader himself and not to another.
(b) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to King David.
(c) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to Kierkegaard's wife.
(d) The reader is to understand that the contents of the letter apply to the prophet Nathan.

2. What does the author say first love is for him?
(a) A password.
(b) A bad word.
(c) A good word.
(d) A catch phrase.

3. Who does the author say has triumphed?
(a) The man who puts the state of his relationship with his wife at the top of his list of concerns.
(b) The man who dominates his wife.
(c) The man who defeats all of his adversaries in business.
(d) The man who earns enough money to provide for his family.

4. Who is the only one who has a true conception of who he is according to the author?
(a) The man who meditates on mountain tops.
(b) The man who is self-sufficient.
(c) The man who loves.
(d) The man who can fight.

5. What aspect of love does the author say is momentary?
(a) The tender aspect.
(b) The sensuous aspect.
(c) The hateful aspect.
(d) The romantic aspect.

Short Answer Questions

1. What moment does the newly married couple attempt to postpone?

2. The author claims what kind of feelings toward his wife?

3. What is the second subject Kierkegaard examines?

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

5. What creature sends the author into "reverie"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does the author give the young man about despair?

2. How many types of love does the author write there are? What are they?

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

4. Are any Either/Or choices absolute? Explain.

5. How does the author describe his depression?

6. What is the point of the author's story about the count and countess?

7. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

8. What does the author say could seriously tempt him to write books?

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

10. What does the author write about egotistic depression?

(see the answer keys)

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