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. What kind of woman does the author compare the young man to?

2. What does the author assert is more important than cultivating one's mind?

3. What "humble view" does the author say he presents to the young man?

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

5. The author accuses the young man of hardening his mind to what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author define the nature of philosophy and its purpose? What does the author assert are the dangers of philosophy? Write an essay defending or refuting the author's attitude toward philosophy's role in human life. Cite specific examples from the text to support your views.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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