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

2. In what does the author say the young man is prolific?
(a) In coining phrases of his favorite conclusions.
(b) In writing volumes of poetry.
(c) In writing novels.
(d) In composing symphonies.

3. What does the author say that the young man thinks life is?
(a) A lark.
(b) A fair.
(c) A trial.
(d) A masquerade.

4. To what does he assert he sacrifices his life?
(a) To his children.
(b) To his wife.
(c) To his work.
(d) All of these.

5. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?
(a) That one's despair will be totally overwhelming.
(b) That one's despair will not be authentic and deep.
(c) That one will forget one's obligation to one's wife.
(d) That one will be distracted from the joy of sunsets.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what do doubt and despair belong according to the author?

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

3. What does the author say the young man's attitude toward ethics is?

4. What does the author claim he has never passed himself off as?

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the author write humans fear death?

7. How does the author describe his depression?

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?

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