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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. If the the young man fails his wife, who does the author say will punish him?
(a) The author says the Danish marriage police will punish the young man.
(b) The author says his wife will punish the young man.
(c) The author says the young man will punish himself.
(d) The author says the state will punish the young man.

2. How fast do philosophers hasten to the past according to the author?
(a) So fast that only philosophy's coattails remain in the present.
(b) So fast that none of philosophy remains in the present at all.
(c) Philosophy never hastens to the past.
(d) So fast that it ends up in the future.

3. If one can "lose the whole world" without damaging one's soul, the author of the letter asserts, then what must "one's soul" prove to be?
(a) One's soul must prove to be indifferent to all the finite things in one's immediacy.
(b) One's soul must prove to far vaster and more powerful than every healthy marriage in Denmark.
(c) One's soul must be some supernatural forcefield.
(d) One's soul cannot possibly exist.

4. What does the author say an aesthetic representation requires?
(a) Lots of laughter.
(b) Lots of money.
(c) A beautiful picture frame.
(d) Concentration on the moment.

5. According to the author, what is love itself?
(a) The easy path.
(b) An illusion.
(c) The aesthetic.
(d) A myth.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?

4. What does the author write is on the other side of the aesthetic?

5. The author claims there is the deepest relationship between what two things?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the author's definition of the ethical?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why does the author write humans fear death?

9. How does the author describe his depression?

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

(see the answer keys)

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