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. How long does it take Kierkegaard to write Fear and Trembling?

2. What does Kierkegaard think his family received?

3. What does Kierkegaard give up on according to Robert Bretall Chapter 5?

4. What country's philosophy does the philosopher who Kierkegaard opposes in Either/Or most influence?

5. What does Kierkegaard say truth is discovered in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What passage from the Bible does Kierkegaard focus on in Chapter 4, Fear and Trembling?

3. What does the truth or art require in Chapter 4, Fear and Trembling?

4. What did Kierkegaard have a radical hatred for?

5. What excruciating combination does the young hero in Chapter 5, Repetition endure?

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

7. What is the terrible revolution which Kierkegaard speaks of in Chapter 1, The Journals?

8. What do we always place consciousness in, according to Kierkegaard?

9. What did Kierkegaard distinguish between in Chapter 2, Either/Or, A Fragment of Life?

10. What must we go beyond according to Kierkegaard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine how Kierkegaard defines the spirit and the self and how man contains both the infinite and the finite. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Reflect how Kierkegaard rejects and critiques central Protestant teaching and why his beliefs resonate more with the Catholic church and monastic life. Use the text to provide examples in your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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