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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. Who does the author say cannot love?
(a) A peson who cannot open himself.
(b) A person who always tells the truth.
(c) A person who beats his wife.
(d) A person who is not Christian.

2. What natural need does every human being have according to the author?
(a) The need to exonerate himself.
(b) The need to formulate a life view.
(c) The need to find God.
(d) The need to marry.

3. To what do doubt and despair belong according to the author?
(a) The same family.
(b) The hearts of young men.
(c) The souls of young women.
(d) Completely different spheres.

4. What is everyone born with a penchant for according to the author?
(a) Descending hills.
(b) Painting pictures.
(c) Climbing hills.
(d) Singing songs.

5. If one can "lose the whole world" without damaging one's soul, the author of the letter asserts, then what must "one's soul" prove to be?
(a) One's soul cannot possibly exist.
(b) One's soul must prove to far vaster and more powerful than every healthy marriage in Denmark.
(c) One's soul must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.
(d) One's soul must be some supernatural forcefield.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author asserts that making a good choice does not depend so much on deliberation as on what?

2. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?

3. What is the ethical according to the author?

4. What path does nature take according to the author?

5. What does the author call a poet-existence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author write about "the Moment"?

4. What does the author say is more important than choosing the right thing?

5. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

7. What "gift of grace" does the author say he would add to those listed in the bible?

8. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

10. Describe the folktale about Roland's three squires.

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