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 the young man he is writing to wants to be?

2. What does the author say is the most intensive enjoyment?

3. What is the quality of marital love's movements?

4. The author asserts that just as nothing is impossible for God, nothing is impossible for whom?

5. Between what two types of doubt does the author say it is important to distinguish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does the author write about his feelings of devotion for his wife?

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

8. What does the author write is "unhappy love?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the impact of "the congregation" on the author's thinking in EITHER/OR. Who is "the congregation"? What is the influence of "the congregation"? What emotional responses does the author say "the congregation" elicits? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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

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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