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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. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?
(a) Because he enjoys variety.
(b) Because the young man is afraid of everything.
(c) Because it deprives him of the opportunity to deceive himself.
(d) Because he had a frightening experience with continuity as a chil

2. How does the concept the author mentions act on him?
(a) It makes him exceedingly earnest.
(b) It makes him quite angry.
(c) It spurs his will to action.
(d) It fills his soul with peace.

3. Why do the author's two Englishmen travel to Arabia?
(a) To visit Mecca.
(b) To purchase horses.
(c) To discuss philosophy.
(d) To smoke tobacco.

4. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?
(a) That one's despair will be totally overwhelming.
(b) That one will forget one's obligation to one's wife.
(c) That one will be distracted from the joy of sunsets.
(d) That one's despair will not be authentic and deep.

5. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?
(a) What it is to study and perform.
(b) What it is to hate and destroy.
(c) What it is to choose and repent.
(d) What it is to prepare and debate.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author say it seems superfluous to tell the young man what is aesthetic?

2. What is a moment that is more significant than everything else in the entire world according to the author?

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

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

5. What kind of person does the author say the young man is like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

6. What advice does the author give the young man about despair?

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

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

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

10. How does the author describe his depression?

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