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 is the only one who has a true conception of who he is according to the author?

2. Why does the author suggest the young man may be "depressed" and fear marriage?

3. What is the first subject Kierkegaard discusses?

4. To what does the author compare the engagement period?

5. What does the author say his era has discerned about romantic love very well?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author write that marriage belongs to Christianity?

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

3. Describe the fantasy marriage the author proposes to the young man.

4. What does the author write about humility in love?

5. How is first love the unification of freedom and necessity?

6. How does the author compare the young man to an insane man?

7. How does the author define and marriage of convenience?

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

9. What is the author's stated intention?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author of the letter and the recipient of the letter are of two different generations. Discuss the impact of generational differences on the two characters' attitudes. For example how do the younger man and the older man each understand the concept of love and of relations between the sexes. Also the older man makes frequent reference to his generation's problems with contemporary social trends. What are these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author define "the ethical"? How does the author define "the esthetic"? How does the author propose the esthetic and the ethical should be balanced in human life? Defend or refute these assertions citing specific examples from the text to support your position.

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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