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. According to the author, reflection never reaches beyond what?

2. What does the author say that the young man thinks life is?

3. What does the author say are the spheres proper to thought?

4. What does the author say concerns the young man?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the author describe his depression?

6. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

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

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

10. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author writes of a folktale concerning Roland's three squires. Recount the tale and discuss its relationship to the concept of Either/Or citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The final chapter of EITHER/OR takes the form of a sermon? How does this form serve the author's intentions? How does it limit him? What other form might the final chapter have taken? How would that change the effect of the book for better or worse? Cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

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