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 is the ethical according to the author?

2. What does Either/Or represent?

3. What relationship does the author assert between the substance one uses to become intoxicated and how difficult the habit of intoxicating oneself is to cure?

4. What does the author urge the young man to do with his "droll fancies"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In the final chapter of EITHER/OR the author asserts it is upbuilding to realize that in relation to God we are always in the wrong? Elucidate the author's position in detail citing specific examples from the text.

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