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. Who does Kirkegaard explain the letter was intended for?

2. What creature sends the author into "reverie"?

3. When discussing adversity with the young man, against what does the author warn?

4. What is the opening phrase of the work?

5. According to the author of the letter, to what does a religious person refer everything?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say to the suggestion that the wedding ceremony "halts lovers"?

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

3. What is significant about the author's reference to the biblical story of King David and the prophet Nathan?

4. Why does the author say that dealing with the young man is a most difficult task?

5. Why does the author say that first love is found more frequently in women than men?

6. What does the author write first love is for "happy individualities?"

7. What is the author's stated intention?

8. How many types of love does the author write there are? What are they?

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

10. Describe the church wedding that the author says caused the young man to fume.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of EITHER/OR takes the form of a letter written from an older man to a younger man. How does Kierkegaard use this format to accomplish his goals with the book? How might the message of the book feel different if it took another form? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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

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.

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