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 say are the spheres proper to thought?

2. What does the author find sad in the contemplating of human life?

3. What does the author anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?

4. What does the author say art and poetry do for us?

5. According to the author, of what can the mystic not be absolved?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe his depression?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

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

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 of the letter and the recipient of the letter are of two different generations. Discuss the impact of generational differences on the two characters' attitudes. For example how do the younger man and the older man each understand the concept of love and of relations between the sexes. Also the older man makes frequent reference to his generation's problems with contemporary social trends. What are these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Much of EITHER/OR takes the form of a letter written from an older man to a younger man. How does Kierkegaard use this format to accomplish his goals with the book? How might the message of the book feel different if it took another form? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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