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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 happens to people who deceive others for an extended period?
(a) Such people live ever more happily.
(b) Such people become dim-witted.
(c) Such people get elected to public office.
(d) Such people become unable to show their true natures.

2. What does the author urge the young man to do with his "droll fancies"?
(a) Rid himself of them.
(b) Pass them on to the object of his affection.
(c) Ignore them.
(d) Keep them.

3. What concept does the author of the letter introduce at the beginning of this section?
(a) The concept of bilocation.
(b) The concept of relativity.
(c) The concept of Either/Or.
(d) The concept of moral accountability.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the author's attitude toward depression?

4. What history does the author say proves to be incommensurable for poetry?

5. What does the author claim the aesthetic is?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

2. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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