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

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

3. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?
(a) One must play the same piece backward without making a single mistake.
(b) One must remember Either/Or.
(c) One must consult a wise man and obtain his blessing.
(d) One must swallow the eye of a newt.

4. What does the author say happens to people who deceive others for an extended period?
(a) Such people get elected to public office.
(b) Such people become unable to show their true natures.
(c) Such people live ever more happily.
(d) Such people become dim-witted.

5. What does the author claim he has never passed himself off as?
(a) A cabinet maker.
(b) A philosopher.
(c) A cobbler.
(d) A poet.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say an aesthetic representation requires?

2. What does the author claim the aesthetic is?

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

4. What does the author claim he is not?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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