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 does an individual become when his heart is open according to the author?

2. What is the author of the letter accustomed to writing on?

3. What is the author's answer to the claim that poverty may be a serious difficulty for marriage?

4. Who does the author say has triumphed?

5. What does the author say would be a matter of indifference to Christians?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the author's problem with the vows in the marriage ceremony?

4. What does the author say could seriously tempt him to write books?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

What do we come to understand about the young man to whom the letter is written? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the young man using specific clues from the text.

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