Beyond Good and Evil Test | Mid-Book 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. Many of these scientists, according to Nietzsche, mistakenly believe that value is the opposite of which of the following?

2. Nietzsche states that one must determine the value of:

3. What is a word that means something that comes in between?

4. Schelling referred to intellectual intuition as being a "faculty of the _________."

5. Who will serve as the only judge to the tests we put ourselves through?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why should physiologists think twice before discounting self-preservation?

2. What is the author's opinion on how man views himself?

3. Why does the author refer to man as being a contradictory creature?

4. What is the difference between the average man's search for truth versus the search of the philosopher?

5. Nietzsche talks about the communicative habits of "free spirits." Explain.

6. What does the author reveal as being a part of one's personal confession?

7. Nietzsche gives an overview of several cultures and religions. What are his views?

8. There is a great deal of talk about morality. What is Nietzsche's opinion on morality?

9. How is the French Revolution referenced? How does it tie in to philosophy?

10. What is the main purpose of the psychologist in understanding the human soul?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Historically speaking, the modern European has brought about a mad semi-barbarism through the mixture of class and race. Nietzsche laments the combining of races as it dilutes the individuality and unique culture of European countries. What is your opinion on the subject? How has this issue progressed since Nietzsche's time? The author also states that while the combination creates chaos, it also contributes to developing a modern soul. How is the modern soul different?

Essay Topic 2

Man will routinely make harsh moral judgments against those he loves, as well as neighbors, acquaintances and society as a whole. Write a 1000 word essay on this topic. What gives one the right to make harsh moral judgments? Have you ever done it? Explain. Why is no one immune to the judgments, including loved ones? Why do people tend to be hardest on those close to them? Give examples. How might embracing the will to truth help to eliminate or quell this behavior?

Essay Topic 3

Nietzsche states that in order to love one's enemies, one must also learn to despise at the same time. Why is it important to be able to do both? Is to show only love for an enemy a sign of weakness or of true spiritual strength? If it is the former, why should it matter to either party? If it is the latter, then it should only bring enlightenment to the other person. Examine this theory and express your opinion on both sides of both issues.

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