Either/Or Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What character in opera does the author say embodies the state preceding love?

2. What is the relationship between marriage and first love according to the author?

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

4. Between what two things does the writer say there may exist a significant difference?

5. What does the author say belongs in every marriage but is missing from a marriage of convenience?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe human beings in this chapter?

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

3. What interests the author in a certain engraving dramatizing the story of Cain and Abel?

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

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

6. Why does the author warn against young men being tied down to making a living right away?

7. Why does the author compare the young man to King Herod?

8. What are the advantages of the ethical theory of talent as opposed to the aesthetic theory of talent?

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

10. What does the author say the young man proposes is the definition of a hero? What does the author encourage the young man to suppose instead?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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