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

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

4. What does the author claim the aesthetic is?

5. What does the author anticipate will be the young man's first objection to married life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the second chapter of EITHER/OR the author discusses mysticism at length. How does the author define mysticism? What is the author's attitude toward mysticism? What is the mystic's error? And finally, how does the mystic choose himself "abstractly"? Discuss citing specific examples to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What does the author mean by the term "Either/Or"? Why is the concept central to human existence? Discuss citing three specific examples from the text.

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