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 the the young man fails his wife, who does the author say will punish him?

2. Wherein is contained the whole wisdom of life according to the author?

3. In what does the author say the young man is prolific?

4. What does the author call the young man's condition of despair?

5. What does the author say it is easy to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What risk does the author say one runs when one despairs about something in particular?

2. What does the author assert is the mystic's error?

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

4. What does the author write about "the Moment"?

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

6. How may talent become a hindrance to the enjoyment of life, according to the author?

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

8. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

10. What are somethings the author writes might be said to a depressed young man?

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

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 3

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.

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