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. When discussing adversity with the young man, against what does the author warn?

2. What does Byron declare about love according to the author?

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

4. What does the author believe accounts for the young man's excessive anxiety?

5. Every coming into existence, according to the author, always has an element of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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

5. What are some immoral motivations for marrying according to the author?

6. How does the author relate religion to swimming?

7. What is the author's stated intention?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author discusses depression at length in EITHER/OR. Why does the author assert men become depressed? When is depression virtuous and when is it self-indulgent? What does the author assert is the nature of his own depression? What does the author assert is the nature of the young man's depression? How does the author advise the young man to handle his melancholy. Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What is the attitude of the author of the letter towards marriage? What does the author see as the principle purpose of marriage? What mental attitudes does the author indicate work against marriage? How may these be overcome? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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