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 does the author say it seems superfluous to tell the young man what is aesthetic?

2. What does the author say the young man's attitude toward ethics is?

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

4. What does the author claim he has never passed himself off as?

5. What is the risk in despairing over something particular according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

8. What is the point of the author's story about the count and countess?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author discusses depression at length in EITHER/OR. Why does the author assert men become depressed? When is depression virtuous and when is it self-indulgent? What does the author assert is the nature of his own depression? What does the author assert is the nature of the young man's depression? How does the author advise the young man to handle his melancholy. Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What is the attitude of the author of the letter towards marriage? What does the author see as the principle purpose of marriage? What mental attitudes does the author indicate work against marriage? How may these be overcome? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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