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. According to the author, true marriage includes the religious and what other element?

2. According to the author of the letter, to what does a religious person refer everything?

3. To what does the author compare the engagement period?

4. What does the author say first love is for him?

5. What is the second subject Kierkegaard examines?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author write first love is for "happy individualities?"

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

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

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

7. Describe what the author writes are the necessary inward conditions for marriage?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author writes at length about the importance of making a living. He also suggests that diving immediately into this task entails certain risks. Thoroughly define the author's views with respect to making a living and defend or refute his position using specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Both the author of the letter and the letter's recipient are men. Discuss the influence of gender in EITHER/OR. How might the letter be different if it were written by or to a woman? Why do you think both of the characters are men? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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