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. Who does the author propose might come to the young man for advice?

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

3. What capacity of the soul does the author say is missing in the young man?

4. According to the author how does philosophy view history?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does the author write humans fear death?

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

7. 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?

8. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

10. How does the author describe his depression?

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

Discuss the impact of "the congregation" on the author's thinking in EITHER/OR. Who is "the congregation"? What is the influence of "the congregation"? What emotional responses does the author say "the congregation" elicits? Discuss citing specific examples from the text.

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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