Either/Or Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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 writes of a folktale concerning Roland's three squires. Recount the tale and discuss its relationship to the concept of Either/Or citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

The final chapter of EITHER/OR takes the form of a sermon? How does this form serve the author's intentions? How does it limit him? What other form might the final chapter have taken? How would that change the effect of the book for better or worse? Cite 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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