Either/Or Test | Final 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. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?

2. What phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?

3. What path does nature take according to the author?

4. How does the author describe the way of history?

5. Who does the author say cannot love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say is more important than choosing the right thing?

2. Are any Either/Or choices absolute? Explain.

3. 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?

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

5. What is the point of the author's story about the count and countess?

6. What is the author's definition of the ethical?

7. What does the author say is the proper attitude for a married man in a time of material need?

8. How does the author define philosophy and what does he appreciate about it?

9. How does the author describe his depression?

10. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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