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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 anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?
(a) The falseness of it all.
(b) The monotony of it all.
(c) The conventionality of it all.
(d) The cuteness of it all.

2. What is the ethical according to the author?
(a) The ethical is that by which a person becomes what he becomes.
(b) The ethical is that with which a person punishes a person who misbehaves.
(c) The ethical is a mystery that is fundamentally unknowable.
(d) The ethical is that by which a person spontaneously is what he is.

3. What does the author say cannot survive in the young man's thought?
(a) The infinite.
(b) Morals.
(c) The finite.
(d) Ethics.

4. What does the author say art and poetry do for us?
(a) Art and poetry torture us with their beauty.
(b) Art and poetry amaze us with the complexity of their construction.
(c) Art and poetry bore most of us to tears.
(d) Art and poetry delight us in the moment of consummation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?

2. Who does the author say cannot love?

3. The author accuses the young man of hardening his mind to what?

4. What does the author say the young man's attitude toward ethics is?

5. What is everyone born with a penchant for according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What "gift of grace" does the author say he would add to those listed in the bible?

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

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

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

7. What does the author say is more important than choosing the right thing?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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