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 of the letter, to what does a religious person refer everything?

2. What does the author say can crush the aesthetic in a human being?

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

4. What aspect of love does the author say is momentary?

5. What idea does the insane man, of whom the author writes, have fixed in his head?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the author write that an exploration of the aesthetic significance of marriage might seem superfluous?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the second chapter of EITHER/OR the author discusses mysticism at length. How does the author define mysticism? What is the author's attitude toward mysticism? What is the mystic's error? And finally, how does the mystic choose himself "abstractly"? Discuss citing specific examples to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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