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 kind of woman does the author compare the young man to?

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

3. To what does he assert he sacrifices his life?

4. What is the secret horror of every person who lives aethically, according to the author?

5. About what emperor does the author go on at length?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What advice does the author give the young man about despair?

5. Describe the folktale about Roland's three squires.

6. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

9. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

The final chapter of EITHER/OR opens with a prayer. Discuss the content and significance of this prayer in relation to the final chapter and EITHER/OR as a whole. Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author define "the ethical"? How does the author define "the esthetic"? How does the author propose the esthetic and the ethical should be balanced in human life? Defend or refute these assertions citing specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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