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 are the excesses of the mystics according to the author of the letter?

2. What does the author say one must transform to preserve the aesthetic in human beings?

3. What is adversity according to the author?

4. Who has lost himself in another according to the author?

5. How is it said that married folk should live according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe romantic love?

3. Describe the fantasy marriage the author proposes to the young man.

4. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

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

6. 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?

7. What risk does the author say one runs when one despairs about something in particular?

8. Why does the author write humans fear death?

9. How does the author define philosophy and what does he appreciate about it?

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

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

Much of EITHER/OR takes the form of a letter written from an older man to a younger man. How does Kierkegaard use this format to accomplish his goals with the book? How might the message of the book feel different if it took another form? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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