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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 say is "the last to be satisfied"?
(a) The eye.
(b) The heart.
(c) The stomach.
(d) The ear.

2. The author says he would rather have a murder on his conscience than what?
(a) To have lied about his age.
(b) To have eaten the last piece of cake.
(c) To have spurned a girls love.
(d) To have stolen an erotic glance at a beautiful woman.

3. According to the author, of what can the mystic not be absolved?
(a) A certain obtrusiveness in his relationship to God.
(b) A certain exclusivity in his relationship with others.
(c) Harboring anger toward his brother.
(d) Harboring lust in his heart.

4. What does the author accuse the young man of having become?
(a) A liar.
(b) A prostitute.
(c) A thief.
(d) A critic.

5. What does the author say is another way to articulate the importance of living aesthetically?
(a) One must marry well.
(b) One must enjoy life.
(c) One must find the truth.
(d) One must destroy life.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author say is the young man's position in relation to philosophy?

3. How fast do philosophers hasten to the past according to the author?

4. Who does the author say cannot love?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author assert is the mystic's error?

2. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

7. What are somethings the author writes might be said to a depressed young man?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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