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. Why must a captain of a ship make swift decisions about direction changes?

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

3. What does the author call the young man's condition of despair?

4. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?

5. What path does nature take according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author say the young man proposes is the definition of a hero? What does the author encourage the young man to suppose instead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author define the nature of philosophy and its purpose? What does the author assert are the dangers of philosophy? Write an essay defending or refuting the author's attitude toward philosophy's role in human life. Cite specific examples from the text to support your views.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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