A Kierkegaard Anthology Test | Final 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 Kierkegaard argue men are in the modern age?

2. How does Kierkegaard define truth in Concluding Unscientific Postscript?

3. Who is still famous for maintaining the doctrine of Justification by Faith against the Catholic view of merit and indulgence?

4. What is the central concept of Training in Christianity?

5. What does Robert Bretall in Chapter 13 argue The Sickness Unto Death tries to understand?

Short Essay Questions

1. If you are a Christian, what are you not doing according to Kierkegaard in Chapter 14, Training in Christianity?

2. What does Kierkegaard believe about modern Christianity?

3. How does Kierkegaard divide history in Chapter 9, The Present Age?

4. What did Kierkegaard criticize about the sacraments?

5. What does Kierkegaard express his hatred of in Chapter 15, The Journals?

6. What does Kierkegaard claim happens when we relate to our true selves?

7. Why is Kierkegaard biased about the press?

8. What does Kierkegaard critique in Chapter 11, Works of Love?

9. How does Kierkegaard define spirit and self in Chapter 13, The Sickness Unto Death?

10. What does Kierkegaard seek about the church at the end of The Attack Upon Christendom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kierkegaard takes a break from writing for a few years, while waiting for Bishop Mysnter to pass before publishing again. Examine the relationship between Mynster and Kierkegaard, using the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Kierkegaard refutes the philosophy of Hegel and though he may admire Hegel's intellect, Kierkegaard thought he contradicted himself. Discuss the differences and similarities between Hegel and Kierkegaard. Use the text to support your comparison.

Essay Topic 3

Kierkegaard focuses heavily on Abraham and Isaac while discussing the aesthetic life. Examine Kierkegaard's definition of the aesthetic life and compare the three stages of life outlined by Kierkegaard. Use the text to support your discussion.

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