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. The author says he would rather have a murder on his conscience than what?

2. What does the author call the young man's intellectual capacities?

3. If a sailor is enchanted by a mermaid's song, what is the only way to break the spell according to the author?

4. How does the author describe the way of history?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. Describe the folktale about Roland's three squires.

9. Are any Either/Or choices absolute? Explain.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of superstition in EITHER/OR. What is the author's attitude toward superstition? What are the dangers of superstition? What course does the author recommend to the young man to counter these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

The author of the letter and the recipient of the letter are of two different generations. Discuss the impact of generational differences on the two characters' attitudes. For example how do the younger man and the older man each understand the concept of love and of relations between the sexes. Also the older man makes frequent reference to his generation's problems with contemporary social trends. What are these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

The author discusses the forms of love extensively in EITHER/OR. How many different forms of love does the author identify? How are they distinct from one another and how do they relate to one another? What is the place of each form of love in a man's life? How does each form of love relate to marriage? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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