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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 stolen an erotic glance at a beautiful woman.
(c) To have spurned a girls love.
(d) To have eaten the last piece of cake.

2. What is the married man's most dangerous enemy according to the author?
(a) His conscience.
(b) His wife's suitors.
(c) Time.
(d) His wife.

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

4. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?
(a) For money.
(b) For freedom.
(c) For fidelity.
(d) For beauty.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say is another way to articulate the importance of living aesthetically?

2. According to the author how does philosophy view history?

3. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?

4. According to the author, what is love itself?

5. What does the author say are the spheres proper to thought?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe his depression?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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