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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 claim he is not?
(a) A surgeon.
(b) A husband.
(c) A logician.
(d) A father.

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

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

4. What history does the author say proves to be incommensurable for poetry?
(a) Inner history.
(b) Religious history.
(c) Danish history.
(d) World history.

5. What phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?
(a) "It takes one to know one."
(b) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
(c) "It is not the given that is great, but the acquired."
(d) "Too many cooks spoil the broth."

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say art and poetry do for us?

2. Who does the author say cannot love?

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

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

5. Wherein is contained the whole wisdom of life according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the author describe his depression?

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

10. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

(see the answer keys)

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