Either/Or Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 things does the writer say there may exist a significant difference?

2. What does the author assert reflective love does?

3. What aspect of love does the author say is momentary?

4. What does the author say the actual experience of love is?

5. What occasion caused the young man to fume according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what the author writes are the necessary inward conditions for marriage?

2. Why does the author write that an exploration of the aesthetic significance of marriage might seem superfluous?

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

4. What does the author assert is the principle reason for marrying?

5. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

6. Why does the author compare the young man to King Herod?

7. What does the author write about his feelings of devotion for his wife?

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

9. In what kind of moment does the author write he hopes his letter finds the young man, and why?

10. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the impact of "the congregation" on the author's thinking in EITHER/OR. Who is "the congregation"? What is the influence of "the congregation"? What emotional responses does the author say "the congregation" elicits? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What are the characteristics of the author of the letter? What kind of man is he? What is his life like? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the author of the letter citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The final chapter of EITHER/OR takes the form of a sermon? How does this form serve the author's intentions? How does it limit him? What other form might the final chapter have taken? How would that change the effect of the book for better or worse? Cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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