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 effect does giving of thanks have on first love?

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

3. How does marital love manifest itself as historical?

4. How does the author say he must always be with the young man?

5. What is the opening phrase of the work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the author's stated intention?

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

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

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

6. Describe the church wedding that the author says caused the young man to fume.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The author writes of a folktale concerning Roland's three squires. Recount the tale and discuss its relationship to the concept of Either/Or citing specific examples from the text.

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