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. According to the author, what is the lifeblood of marriage?

2. To what does the author of the letter compare the young man at the end of this section?

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

4. What does the author say is the defect of his era?

5. What is ostensibly one of the most respectable reasons for getting married according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author write is "unhappy love?"

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

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

5. What is the author's attitude toward "first love"?

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

7. When does the secretiveness about which the author writes gain its strength?

8. Why are erotic love and marriage irreconcilable according to the author?

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

10. How does the author distinguish between the erotic embrace and the marital embrace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The final chapter of EITHER/OR opens with a prayer. Discuss the content and significance of this prayer in relation to the final chapter and EITHER/OR as a whole. Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author discusses the forms of love extensively in EITHER/OR. How many different forms of love does the author identify? How are they distinct from one another and how do they relate to one another? What is the place of each form of love in a man's life? How does each form of love relate to marriage? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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