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. To whom does the author compare the young man when he is ill-tempered?

2. How does the author say the young man lives?

3. How does the author say the young man may best perceive the state that precedes first love?

4. What does the author say the young man he is writing to wants to be?

5. What creature sends the author into "reverie"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author write that marriage belongs to Christianity?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. When does the secretiveness about which the author writes gain its strength?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the author mean by the term "Either/Or"? Why is the concept central to human existence? Discuss citing three specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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