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 is the author's stated attitude toward these feelings?

2. What does the author say God's love is?

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

4. What is David unable to appreciate about the parable?

5. What does an individual become when his heart is open according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author say is more important than choosing the right thing?

3. Are any Either/Or choices absolute? Explain.

4. Why are erotic love and marriage irreconcilable according to the author?

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

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

7. What does the author say is the proper attitude for a married man in a time of material need?

8. In what kind of moment does the author write he hopes his letter finds the young man, and why?

9. What does the author write about "the Moment"?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What are the characteristics of the author of the letter? What kind of man is he? What is his life like? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the author of the letter citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

The final chapter of EITHER/OR opens with a prayer. Discuss the content and significance of this prayer in relation to the final chapter and EITHER/OR as a whole. Cite specific examples from the text.

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