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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 capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?
2. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?
3. About what emperor does the author go on at length?
4. What does the author say an aesthetic representation requires?
5. On the whole, what does the author say it is to choose?
Short Essay Questions
1. Briefly describe what the author means by the term Either/Or.
2. How may talent become a hindrance to the enjoyment of life, according to the author?
3. What advice does the author give the young man about despair?
4. What does the author say is more important than choosing the right thing?
5. What is the point of the author's story about the count and countess?
6. What does the author say is the proper attitude for a married man in a time of material need?
7. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?
8. How does the author describe his depression?
9. What does the author write about "the Moment"?
10. What "gift of grace" does the author say he would add to those listed in the bible?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are the characteristics of the author of the letter? What kind of man is he? What is his life like? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the author of the letter citing specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
What do we come to understand about the young man to whom the letter is written? Create and defend a detailed portrait of the young man using specific clues from the text.
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