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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Between what two types of doubt does the author say it is important to distinguish?
2. What quality does the author say love shares with everything eternal?
3. What is the one the thing the author says he thanks God for?
4. The author asserts that just as nothing is impossible for God, nothing is impossible for whom?
5. According to the author, what is the lifeblood of marriage?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why are erotic love and marriage irreconcilable according to the author?
2. Why does the author compare the young man to King Herod?
3. How does the author define and marriage of convenience?
4. What does the author write about his feelings of devotion for his wife?
5. How does the author describe romantic love?
6. What does the author say to the suggestion that the wedding ceremony "halts lovers"?
7. How does the author compare the young man to an insane man?
8. Describe what the author writes are the necessary inward conditions for marriage?
9. When does the secretiveness about which the author writes gain its strength?
10. What does the author assert is the principle reason for marrying?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does the author define the nature of philosophy and its purpose? What does the author assert are the dangers of philosophy? Write an essay defending or refuting the author's attitude toward philosophy's role in human life. Cite specific examples from the text to support your views.
Essay Topic 2
The author discusses depression at length in EITHER/OR. Why does the author assert men become depressed? When is depression virtuous and when is it self-indulgent? What does the author assert is the nature of his own depression? What does the author assert is the nature of the young man's depression? How does the author advise the young man to handle his melancholy. Discuss citing specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
What is the attitude of the author of the letter towards marriage? What does the author see as the principle purpose of marriage? What mental attitudes does the author indicate work against marriage? How may these be overcome? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.
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