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. What is love according to the author?

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

3. What is the second subject Kierkegaard examines?

4. Every coming into existence, according to the author, always has an element of what?

5. Between what two types of doubt does the author say it is important to distinguish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author writes at length about the importance of making a living. He also suggests that diving immediately into this task entails certain risks. Thoroughly define the author's views with respect to making a living and defend or refute his position using 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

Both the author of the letter and the letter's recipient are men. Discuss the influence of gender in EITHER/OR. How might the letter be different if it were written by or to a woman? Why do you think both of the characters are men? Discuss citing specific examples.

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