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Sickness Unto Death
Overall Analysis and Themes
Part II.A., Chapter 1
Part II.A., Chapter 2
Part II.A., Chapter 3 and Appendix
Suggestions for Further Reading
Suggested Essay Topics
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1. Kierkegaard tells us in the Preface that religious books should be:
historically accurate to the greatest degree possible
earnest and engaging
2. For Christians, the "sickness unto death" is:
any physical illness
3. Kierkegaard compares Christian writers to which of these professionals?
4. In order to overcome despair, individuals must form a relationship with which of the following people or things?
the power that established them
the postal delivery person
the material world
5. A man who wants to become Caesar but fails is really in despair over which of the following?
not being Caesar
his prom date
6. Eliminating despair requires:
a religious community
the help of a physician
spinach and other vegetables
continuous effort at all times
7. Despair becomes most intense when it is:
8. For Christians, despair is:
a good time
the same as for everybody else
9. According to Kierkegaard, Socrates defined sin as which of the following:
10. Which of the following is the opposite of sin?
11. When considered rationally, Christianity's teachings are:
12. Sin may best be understood as which of the following?
the absence of virtue
a condition or state of mind
13. The most intense sin is:
declaring Christianity to be untrue
despairing over one's sins
believing that God will not forgive one's sins
14. Which of the following is the solution to sin and despair?
15. When was "The Sickness Unto Death" first published?
16. What was Kierkegaard's native country?
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