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 aspect of love does the author say is momentary?

2. What one word does the author say can describe love?

3. Into what two categories does the author say he can divide the difficulties in marriage?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the author's reference to the biblical story of King David and the prophet Nathan?

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

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

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

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

6. What interests the author in a certain engraving dramatizing the story of Cain and Abel?

7. What is the author's problem with the vows in the marriage ceremony?

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

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

10. How does the author relate religion to swimming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In the final chapter of EITHER/OR the author asserts it is upbuilding to realize that in relation to God we are always in the wrong? Elucidate the author's position in detail citing specific examples from the text.

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