A Kierkegaard Anthology Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert W. Bretall
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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. What does Robert Bretall say is difficult to discern in Kierkegaard's writing?

2. What does Kierkegaard call faith?

3. What does the meditation in Fear and Trembling illustrate?

4. What does Kierkegaard say of the truth that teaches and builds up the human person in Two Edifying Discourses?

5. What does Kierkegaard argue major choices in life are not choices of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the question raised in Chapter 6, Philosophical Fragments?

2. What must we go beyond according to Kierkegaard?

3. Where does Kierkegaard find himself, and what is he doing in Chapter 1, The Journals?

4. What does Kierkegaard feel about the gifts God gives his family?

5. What does Constantine receive and what does he want to remain?

6. What three stages does Kierkegaard introduce in Chapter 7, Stages on Life's Way?

7. What theme do the letters prefigure?

8. What does Kierkegaard believe cannot be escaped by us?

9. What words of Christ was Kierkegaard aware of in Chapter 1,The Journals?

10. What must the individual Christian see in Chapter 3, Two Edifying Discourses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kierkegaard discusses the hazards in newspapers and in media. Discuss why the press is considered the heart of the public, yet appeals to the worst in humanity. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Examine how repetition occurred in Kierkegaard's own life, as well as the plot and how repetition has a plot. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the definition of truth in relation to faith, truth being "an objective uncertainty held fast" and that "without risk, there is no faith." Use the text to discuss the interplay of truth and faith in the Kierkegaard Anthology.

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