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 do the author's two Englishmen travel to Arabia?

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

3. What phrase does the young man fling about according to the author?

4. How does the concept the author mentions act on him?

5. What kind of energy does the author say a dying person has?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

3. What does the author write about "the Moment"?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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.

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