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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 "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?
(a) What it is to study and perform.
(b) What it is to choose and repent.
(c) What it is to prepare and debate.
(d) What it is to hate and destroy.

2. Who does the author propose might come to the young man for advice?
(a) A brazenly licentious priest.
(b) A coy milkmaid.
(c) The author proposes no one would come to the young man for advice.
(d) A brilliant youth, even younger than he.

3. Why does the author say it seems superfluous to tell the young man what is aesthetic?
(a) Because the young man is not a real person.
(b) Because the young man has surely burned the letter already.
(c) Because the young man is an aesthetic virtuoso.
(d) Because the young man surely will not listen.

4. What is the author's attitude toward depression?
(a) Depression is the fault of the depressed person.
(b) Depression victimizes millions of people.
(c) Depression makes a person wise.
(d) Depression is the most beautiful gift from God.

5. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?
(a) The concept of relativity.
(b) The concept of bilocation.
(c) The concept of moral accountability.
(d) The concept of Either/Or.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is everyone born with a penchant for according to the author?

2. What relationship does the author assert between the substance one uses to become intoxicated and how difficult the habit of intoxicating oneself is to cure?

3. What does the author accuse the young man of having become?

4. What kind of woman does the author compare the young man to?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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