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 believe accounts for the young man's excessive anxiety?

2. Why does the author suggest the young man may be "depressed" and fear marriage?

3. What does the author say the young man he is writing to wants to be?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's stated intention?

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

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

4. What are some immoral motivations for marrying according to the author?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the attitude of the author of the letter towards marriage? What does the author see as the principle purpose of marriage? What mental attitudes does the author indicate work against marriage? How may these be overcome? 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

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.

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