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. How does the concept the author mentions act on him?

2. What happens to choice if one admits meditation according to the author?

3. What does Either/Or represent?

4. What does the author say is another way to articulate the importance of living aesthetically?

5. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "gift of grace" does the author say he would add to those listed in the bible?

2. Explain how the author uses the metaphor of a ship captain to explain Either/Or.

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

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

5. What does the author say to despotic husbands who utterly dominate their wives?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does the author mean by the term "Either/Or"? Why is the concept central to human existence? Discuss citing three specific examples from the text.

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