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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 phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?
(a) "It takes one to know one."
(b) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
(c) "It is not the given that is great, but the acquired."
(d) "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

2. According to the author, of what can the mystic not be absolved?
(a) Harboring anger toward his brother.
(b) Harboring lust in his heart.
(c) A certain obtrusiveness in his relationship to God.
(d) A certain exclusivity in his relationship with others.

3. The author accuses the young man of hardening his mind to what?
(a) To interpret all existence in aesthetic categories.
(b) Frittering away his intellectual life.
(c) The existence of right and wrong.
(d) Lusting after women day and night.

4. What path does nature take according to the author?
(a) The shortest path.
(b) The widest path.
(c) The hilliest path.
(d) The longest path.

5. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?
(a) Because it deprives him of the opportunity to deceive himself.
(b) Because he enjoys variety.
(c) Because he had a frightening experience with continuity as a chil
(d) Because the young man is afraid of everything.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?

2. Who does the author propose might come to the young man for advice?

3. On the whole, what does the author say it is to choose?

4. What is a moment that is more significant than everything else in the entire world according to the author?

5. To what does he assert he sacrifices his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain how the author uses the metaphor of a ship captain to explain Either/Or.

4. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

6. How does the author define philosophy and what does he appreciate about it?

7. What does the author say the young man proposes is the definition of a hero? What does the author encourage the young man to suppose instead?

8. What risk does the author say one runs when one despairs about something in particular?

9. What does the author assert is the mystic's error?

10. How may talent become a hindrance to the enjoyment of life, according to the author?

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