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 the young man is afraid of continuity?

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

3. What is the author's attitude toward scholarship?

4. What is the secret horror of every person who lives aethically, according to the author?

5. What happens to choice if one admits meditation according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author assert is the mystic's error?

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

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

5. How does the author describe his depression?

6. What does the author dislike about philosophy?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The final chapter of EITHER/OR takes the form of a sermon? How does this form serve the author's intentions? How does it limit him? What other form might the final chapter have taken? How would that change the effect of the book for better or worse? Cite specific examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

In the final chapter of EITHER/OR the author asserts it is upbuilding to realize that in relation to God we are always in the wrong? Elucidate the author's position in detail citing specific examples from the text.

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