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 quality of marital love's movements?

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

3. According to the author, true marriage includes the religious and what other element?

4. What does the author say that the first love always is?

5. What quality does the author say love shares with everything eternal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How many types of love does the author write there are? What are they?

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

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

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

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 nature of philosophy and its purpose? What does the author assert are the dangers of philosophy? Write an essay defending or refuting the author's attitude toward philosophy's role in human life. Cite specific examples from the text to support your views.

Essay Topic 2

What is the attitude of the author towards wedding ceremonies? What purpose do the ceremonies serve? In what ways are they "backward"? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What do we come to understand about the young man to whom the letter is written? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the young man using specific clues from the text.

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