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

2. What kind of energy does the author say a dying person has?

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

4. What does the author claim he is not?

5. What does the author claim the aesthetic is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Briefly describe what the author means by the term Either/Or.

4. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

8. Why does the author write humans fear death?

9. How does the author describe his depression?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author writes of a folktale concerning Roland's three squires. Recount the tale and discuss its relationship to the concept of Either/Or citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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