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

2. What kind of person does the author say the young man is like?

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

4. According to the author, what is love itself?

5. Why do the author's two Englishmen travel to Arabia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are somethings the author writes might be said to a depressed young man?

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

5. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

Both the author of the letter and the letter's recipient are men. Discuss the influence of gender in EITHER/OR. How might the letter be different if it were written by or to a woman? Why do you think both of the characters are men? Discuss citing specific examples.

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