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, an esthetically beautiful marriage is always a what?

2. To what religion does the author say marriage belongs?

3. What does first love not need according to the author?

4. In discussing the the aesthetic of marriage, upon what does the author of the letter draw?

5. What does the author say that every order of life, including marriage, has?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is first love the unification of freedom and necessity?

2. Describe the church wedding that the author says caused the young man to fume.

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

4. What does the author say could seriously tempt him to write books?

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

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

7. How does the author describe romantic love?

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

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

10. What does the author write about humility in love?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the importance of superstition in EITHER/OR. What is the author's attitude toward superstition? What are the dangers of superstition? What course does the author recommend to the young man to counter these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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