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 claim he has never passed himself off as?

2. What does the author say concerns the young man?

3. How fast do philosophers hasten to the past according to the author?

4. What is the author's attitude toward depression?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the advantages of the ethical theory of talent as opposed to the aesthetic theory of talent?

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

3. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the author describe his depression?

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

10. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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