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 character in opera does the author say embodies the state preceding love?

2. What is the relationship between marriage and first love according to the author?

3. Every coming into existence, according to the author, always has an element of what?

4. Between what two things does the writer say there may exist a significant difference?

5. What does the author say belongs in every marriage but is missing from a marriage of convenience?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe human beings in this chapter?

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

3. What interests the author in a certain engraving dramatizing the story of Cain and Abel?

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

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

6. Why does the author warn against young men being tied down to making a living right away?

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

8. What are the advantages of the ethical theory of talent as opposed to the aesthetic theory of talent?

9. Describe what the author writes are the necessary inward conditions for marriage?

10. What does the author say the young man proposes is the definition of a hero? What does the author encourage the young man to suppose instead?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the final chapter of EITHER/OR the author asserts it is upbuilding to realize that in relation to God we are always in the wrong? Elucidate the author's position in detail 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

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.

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