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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. According to the author, of what can the mystic not be absolved?
(a) A certain exclusivity in his relationship with others.
(b) Harboring lust in his heart.
(c) A certain obtrusiveness in his relationship to God.
(d) Harboring anger toward his brother.

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

3. The author accuses the young man of hardening his mind to what?
(a) Lusting after women day and night.
(b) Frittering away his intellectual life.
(c) To interpret all existence in aesthetic categories.
(d) The existence of right and wrong.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?

4. If the the young man fails his wife, who does the author say will punish him?

5. What does the author say is the young man's position in relation to philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author describe his depression?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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