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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 say are the spheres proper to thought?
(a) All of these.
(b) History.
(c) Logic.
(d) Nature.

2. 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.

3. What does the author accuse the young man of having become?
(a) A thief.
(b) A liar.
(c) A prostitute.
(d) A critic.

4. What does the author say is the young man's position in relation to philosophy?
(a) The young man's position is indifferent to philosophy.
(b) The young man's position is mildly at odds with philosophy.
(c) The young man's position is anathema to philosophy.
(d) The young man's position is friendly to philosophy.

5. The author says he would rather have a murder on his conscience than what?
(a) To have lied about his age.
(b) To have eaten the last piece of cake.
(c) To have stolen an erotic glance at a beautiful woman.
(d) To have spurned a girls love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say it is easy to do?

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

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

4. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?

5. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

6. Why does the author warn against young men being tied down to making a living right away?

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

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

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

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

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