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 one must transform to preserve the aesthetic in human beings?

2. What is the one the thing the author says he thanks God for?

3. What system does the author say he observed while he was a guest in the home of a young married couple?

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

5. Where does the author say the young man might be intoxicated by aesthetic pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author define and marriage of convenience?

2. What does the author say to the suggestion that the wedding ceremony "halts lovers"?

3. What does the author write about egotistic depression?

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

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

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

7. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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

10. How does the author compare the young man to an insane man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the attitude of the author towards wedding ceremonies? What purpose do the ceremonies serve? In what ways are they "backward"? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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