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 first love not fear according to the author?

2. What is the only thing for which the author prays to God with his whole heart?

3. Which part of the wedding does the author find rather backward?

4. According to the author of the letter, to what does a religious person refer everything?

5. Of what two things is first love a unity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the author's stated intention?

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

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

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

10. What does the author write about egotistic depression?

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 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

In the second chapter of EITHER/OR the author discusses mysticism at length. How does the author define mysticism? What is the author's attitude toward mysticism? What is the mystic's error? And finally, how does the mystic choose himself "abstractly"? Discuss citing specific examples to support your argument.

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