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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 a poet-existence?
(a) A sacrifice.
(b) A sin.
(c) A delight.
(d) A drag.

2. What does the author find sad in the contemplating of human life?
(a) That most people live out their lives in a quiet lostness.
(b) That most people never learn the value of a dollar.
(c) That most people go on about their lives as it they will never die.
(d) That most people never learn the joy of a beautiful marriage.

3. What does the author say an aesthetic representation requires?
(a) Lots of laughter.
(b) A beautiful picture frame.
(c) Concentration on the moment.
(d) Lots of money.

4. About what emperor does the author go on at length?
(a) Nero.
(b) Constantine.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Augustus Caesar.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the author, reflection never reaches beyond what?

3. What does the author assert is more important than cultivating one's mind?

4. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?

5. What is the secret horror of every person who lives aethically, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the author's definition of the ethical?

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

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

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

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

8. What are the advantages of the ethical theory of talent as opposed to the aesthetic theory of talent?

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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