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 opening phrase of the work?

2. What does the author say is the most intensive enjoyment?

3. In what form is EITHER/OR written?

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

5. What does first love not need according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author say that first love is found more frequently in women than men?

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

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

5. What is the author's stated intention?

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

7. What does the author write about egotistic depression?

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

9. Why are erotic love and marriage irreconcilable according to the author?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author of the letter and the recipient of the letter are of two different generations. Discuss the impact of generational differences on the two characters' attitudes. For example how do the younger man and the older man each understand the concept of love and of relations between the sexes. Also the older man makes frequent reference to his generation's problems with contemporary social trends. What are these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

The author writes at length about the importance of making a living. He also suggests that diving immediately into this task entails certain risks. Thoroughly define the author's views with respect to making a living and defend or refute his position using specific examples from the text.

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