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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. 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 must be some supernatural forcefield.
(b) One's soul cannot possibly exist.
(c) One's soul must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.
(d) One's soul must prove to far vaster and more powerful than every healthy marriage in Denmark.

2. What does the author say the young man's attitude toward ethics is?
(a) The author says the young man despises ethics.
(b) The author says the young man finds ethics amusing.
(c) The author says the young man finds ethics fascinating.
(d) The author says the young man is not ordinarily disdainful of ethics.

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

4. The author claims there is the deepest relationship between what two things?
(a) A choice and the one who is choosing.
(b) Denmark and Norway.
(c) A man and woman who have gotten divorced.
(d) A choice and the people surrounding the person choosing.

5. What capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?
(a) Logic.
(b) Memory of his life.
(c) Imagination.
(d) Wit.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author write is on the other side of the aesthetic?

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

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

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

5. Why must a captain of a ship make swift decisions about direction changes?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

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