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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 does the author call the young man's intellectual capacities?
(a) Lacking.
(b) Non-existant.
(c) Beyond genius.
(d) Truly remarkable.

2. In what does the author say the young man is prolific?
(a) In writing volumes of poetry.
(b) In composing symphonies.
(c) In writing novels.
(d) In coining phrases of his favorite conclusions.

3. What does the author say it is easy to do?
(a) Deceive oneself.
(b) Levitate.
(c) Walk a hundred miles.
(d) Have a happy marriage.

4. What kind of energy does the author say a dying person has?
(a) Not very much energy at all.
(b) Atomic energy.
(c) Supranatural energy.
(d) Light energy.

5. What history does the author say proves to be incommensurable for poetry?
(a) World history.
(b) Inner history.
(c) Religious history.
(d) Danish history.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say that the young man thinks life is?

2. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?

3. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?

4. What is the author's attitude toward scholarship?

5. What does the author say is "the last to be satisfied"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

4. 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?

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

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

7. What does the author say is the proper attitude for a married man in a time of material need?

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

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

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

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