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 the author say his era has discerned about romantic love very well?

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

3. What one word does the author say can describe love?

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

5. What does the author say he hates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does the author say that first love is found more frequently in women than men?

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

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

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

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 nature of philosophy and its purpose? What does the author assert are the dangers of philosophy? Write an essay defending or refuting the author's attitude toward philosophy's role in human life. Cite specific examples from the text to support your views.

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