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

2. What is a moment that is more significant than everything else in the entire world according to the author?

3. Why does the author say he fights for Either/Or in his letter to the young man?

4. The author claims there is the deepest relationship between what two things?

5. What history does the author say proves to be incommensurable for poetry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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