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 adversity according to the author?

2. What is love according to the author?

3. What does the author say romantic love is built on?

4. Of what two things is first love a unity?

5. Who does the author say has triumphed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The final chapter of EITHER/OR takes the form of a sermon? How does this form serve the author's intentions? How does it limit him? What other form might the final chapter have taken? How would that change the effect of the book for better or worse? Cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

The author discusses the forms of love extensively in EITHER/OR. How many different forms of love does the author identify? How are they distinct from one another and how do they relate to one another? What is the place of each form of love in a man's life? How does each form of love relate to marriage? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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