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 an aesthetic representation requires?

3. Why does the author say the young man is afraid of continuity?

4. What is the married man's most dangerous enemy according to the author?

5. On the whole, what does the author say it is to choose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between the ethical and the aesthetic?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does the author warn against young men being tied down to making a living right away?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author of the letter and the recipient of the letter are of two different generations. Discuss the impact of generational differences on the two characters' attitudes. For example how do the younger man and the older man each understand the concept of love and of relations between the sexes. Also the older man makes frequent reference to his generation's problems with contemporary social trends. What are these? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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